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Helen Merrill Sings with Orchestras Arranged and Conducted by GIL EVANS and HAL MOONEY PERSONNEL Art Farmer (tp), Jimmy Buffington (frh), Joe Bennett, Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak (tb), Tom Mitchell (btb), John LaPorta (cl, as), Jerome Richardson (fl, ts), Danny Bank (fl, bcl, bars), Romeo Penque (fl, cl, oboe), Phil Bodner (fl, oboe), Hank Jones (p, cel), Buddy Weed, Marian McPartland (p), Barry Galbraith, Billy Mure (g), Oscar Pettiford (b, fl, oboe), Milt Hinton (b), Joe Morello, Sol Gubin (d) RECORDED New York,1956-1957 Helen Merrill's vocal tone was always warm and husky. She developed from an apprehensive, untried singer, wanting to be accepted, into a calm and competent performer who could use her voice as an instrument of mood. Dream of You (#1-12) was one of her best albums and an arranging triumph for Gil Evans, who did all the scoring and conducting. Evans, an extraordinarily sensitive and supple colorist, wrote with particular care for the contours (linear and emotional) of each song, as well as a measured understanding of Helen's texture and phrasing. The second album included here, At Midnight (#13-22), was recorded six months after the first one, and was another smash hit for Helen. This time the backgrounds were tailored to her own approach by Harold "Hal" Mooney. For this collection, she harvested some of the better bits of romantic poetry that existed in wisps among the voluminous Tin Pan Alley melodies. People Will Say We're In Love / By Myself / Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home / I've Never Seen / He Was Too Good To Me / A New Town Is A Blue Town / You're Lucky To Me / Where Flamingos Fly / Dream Of You / I'm Fool To Want You / I'm Just A Lucky So And So / Troubled Waters / Soft As Spring / Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair / Lazy Afternoon / The Things We Did Last Summer / After You, Who? / If You Go / If I Forget You / If Love Were All / Easy Come Easy Go / I'll Be Around
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 10, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Fresh Sounds Spain
  • ASIN: B00139WYLA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Giuseppe C. HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 25, 2008
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In the department of female vocalists jazz has been blessed with some of the most undeniably virtuoso singers of the past and present century--from Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan to Diane Shuur and Roberta Gamberini. But the music has also allowed for the inclusion of sensitive artists who, while not possessing the most formidable instruments and technique, were compelling if not hypnotic story-tellers, capable of getting to the essence of the best songs from that treasure trove known as "The Great American Songbook" and of bringing them to vibrant life, frequently exceeding the readings of the performers for whom the songs were originally written.

Helen Merrill is in the same league as Billie Holiday, someone who tells the song's emotional story and does so without the least trace of exhibitionism or, simply, the need to "impress." American popular song is, above all, the art of artlessness, the elevation of the "common individual" in the democratic American dream quilt over the elite and aristocratic, the privileging of the "natural" over anything overtly artificial in terms of diction, elocution, or projection. Those qualities may be present in the performer's consciousness, but rarely can they afford to call attention to themselves. With a range at one point of less than an octave, and with failing breath reserves, Billie Holiday could still tap profound emotions by making music that seemed as effortless, unforced, natural as the ripening of fruit on the vine.

Helen Merrill has many of the same traits, though in some respects hers is the purest aesthetic of them all. Listening to her, I'm not reminded of a personal biography or of personal circumstances extraneous to the music itself.
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By Steve Miller on February 16, 2009
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Heaven is an overused adjective. However, I cannot find a truer word to describe Helen Merrill's voice and artistry. Also, Gil Evans never steps on her feet. He is as nimble and sensitive as Fred Astaire was when dancing with Ginger Rogers.

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Really enjoyed the CD. Helen is an exceptional singer. Highly recommend the CD of a singer who doesn't get much recognition and is over shadowed by Ella, Sarah, Diana etc. Going to look for more of her music.
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Bought it for the lovely Gil Evans arrangements, keep coming back for the pretty singing. One of the most laid-back & wonderful recordings I've picked up in a while.
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