Helen Merrill

Helen Merrill

by Helen Merrill


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Though she eventually came to be known as a "singer's singer," Helen Merrill's 1954 debut is an unmitigated success of mainstream jazz. Besides introducing the uniquely talented young singer, the date also featured small-group arrangements by Quincy Jones and marks the introduction of another future star, trumpeter Clifford Brown. Formidable as his playing is, Brown never overshadows Merrill. She is fully up to the challenge on all fronts and enthusiastically tackles uptempo numbers such as "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" and "Falling in Love with Love" with aplomb. A winning stylistic combination of cool jazz and hard bop, Merrill particularly excels on Mel Torm�'s "Born to Be Blue," making the sophisticated tune her own as she revels in Torm�'s down-and-out lyric.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0042281464324
catalogNumber: 814643
Rank: 54716

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Helen Merrill   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Clifford Brown   Trumpet,Track Performer
Hank Jones   Piano
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Danny Bank   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Sol Gubin   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
Osie Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Jones   Piano

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Arranger
Hal Mooney   Arranger
Guildhall String Ensemble   Contributor
Bob Shad   Producer
Yozo Iwanami   Liner Notes

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