Tunes The Groove Surgeons Perform - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.
Mercy, Mercy Mercy
Cannonball Adderley Quintet
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Cannonball Adderley
Great tunes stand the test of time. Written in 1966 by Joe Zaniwul for The Cannonball Adderley’ Quintet, “Mercy, Mercy Mercy” is one of those tunes. Now over 50 years old, The Groove Surgeons pay homage to this classic tune. The way we play it sounds different to those versions performed by The Cannonball Adderley Quintent more funk, faster with more contemporary edges and with differing instruments, the tune itself is exactly the same. Here is the original version of the tune:
Mercy Mercy Mercy was also performed by the snapilly dressed band, The Buckinghams in 1966:
In truth, The Buckinghams, something of an early Boy Band, were underpinned by session players who read like a who’s who of professional players of that era -James Henderson, Lew McCreary and Richard Leith on trombone, Bill Peterson, Bud Childers on trumpet, John Johnson on sax, Lincoln Mayorga on Wurlitzer electric piano, Dennis Budimir on guitar, Carol Kaye on bass, and John Guerin on drums.
When The Groove Surgeons came together as a band in 2017, this was one of the tunes that we had all played separately and hence was quickly adopted into the set list. Today it is something of a standard within our set and we choose to play it more often than not. The application of funk groove to the tune and upping the tempo changes the tunes character, a tune that is good to get people going and warmed up.
The Groove Surgeons play Mercy, Mercy, Mercy in a funk style, however it is a song that is well suited to different rhythmic approaches, as in the original, the pop version of Queen Latifah or the Gyspy Jazz style as defined by Django Rheinhardt or Bireli Lagrene. It is also adaptable from an instrumental perspective, provding great opportunity for rhythmic interlocks between rhythm and chordal instruments that provide a great springboard for whichever instrument is playing lead.