Lilac Wine

Lilac Wine

by Helen Merrill



Nearly a half-century after she recorded a classic album with trumpeter Clifford Brown, Helen Merrill's voice is still pretty strong. On Lilac Wine she performs a set of melancholy ballads that are heartfelt and lightly swung. Accompanied by a large orchestra from Czechoslovakia that is arranged by Torrie Zito, Merrill interprets all of the material at a slow dreamy tempo. The results are subtle, quietly emotional, and atmospheric. The only real change of pace is Marian McPartland's instrumental "Portrait of Helen Merrill." Otherwise all of the music is taken at the same slow tempo and in a similar mood. Despite the lack of variety, this quiet outing grows in interest with each listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2004
Label: Sunnyside
UPC: 0016728302029
catalogNumber: 3020

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Helen Merrill   Primary Artist,Vocals
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Alan Merrill   Guitar,Vocals
George Mraz   Bass,Double Bass
Torrie Zito   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Jan Dudek   Violin
Petr Malísek   Cello,Celli
Andrea Bekova   Violin
Andrea Bekrova   Violin
Josef Bürger   Violin

Technical Credits

Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Ivan Lins   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Helen Merrill   Producer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Jay Newland   Engineer
Daniel Richard   Producer,Executive Producer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Torrie Zito   Arranger
Colin Greenwood   Composer
Phil Selway   Composer
James Alan Shelton   Composer
Philippe Carles   Liner Notes
Thom Yorke   Composer
Vera Matson   Composer
Gilles Guerlet   Artwork
Jérôme Witz   Artwork

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