Bobby Troup – Bobby Troup Sings Johnny Mercer
Vinyl LP, Reissue, Spain
Fresh Sound Records
I'm crazy about Bobby Troup's voice. Very conversational, almost light enough to float as a feather, yet soulful and quite deep. Here with a small band he takes on the songs by the great Johnny Mercer. A natural fit, due to the country (not as in music, but there is something rural about his voice) reflecting on the city (Mercer). The foundation of Troup is that one of a jazz hipster and it is that attitude that is most strong with respect how he sees the world. He is sort of the Country boy hustler on the make in the big city, and the music here is set as his theme song or a series of themes. Also his piano playing is very playful, so he reminds me of Monk in a certain fashion. A beautiful 2 in the morning sound with that last glass of whisky taste.