This is wonderful. I love Johnny Mercer, and this is a great look at how much of the American Songbook he is responsible for. (“Jeepers Creepers” is like a throwaway song for him.) This is a longish duet with Steve Allen of all people, and it just flies by with easy wit and amazing musical ability. Credit to the band, who surely had a written-out arrangement for this “spontaneous” medley.
All the songs Steve Allen sings are great too! It’s like a battle between Mercer and every other song writer in the world. (Even Mercer says he’d rather be singing Cole Porter songs.) Mercer does all right for himself.