Thursday, December 25, 2008

Mercy Mercy Mercy

The other day, I posted a chemnitzer concertina version of a tune called Mercy Mercy Mercy, and mentioned that I thought there was a Cannonball Adderley recording of a tune by the same name. Here's Adderley's version of this tune which was written by Joe Zawinul:

Here's another fine version played live by the Birdland Big Band:

And one more... here's Curfew:

The writer of this song, the late Joe Zawinul played with Cannonball Adderley, and then went on to play with trumpeter Miles Davis, messing with "jazz fusion". He later co-founded Weather Report and the Zawinul Syndicate. According to Wikipedia, Zawinul won the "Best keyboardist" award 30 times from Down Beat's critics' poll.


Anonymous said...

This same tune was given lyrics (by whom??) and was a top ten hit for The Buckinghams, I think in 1967. YouTube has video.

I'm trying to find the history of the lyrics - Don't know if they were penned by Zawinul or someone else for the Buckinghams.

I was at Sweet Basil in NYC over 15 years ago, listening to the Nat Adderly Quintet. They did Mercy, Mercy, Mercy beautifully. At the break, I heard someone in the audience asking about lyrics for the tune but nobody remembered. The lyrics are posted and can be found as Buckingham lyrics. Hmmm...

mister anchovy said...

I saw that video when I made this post but it didn't really turn my crank. I mean the melody is so strong it can handle the treatment, but I think the tune is better without dressing it up with lyrics.