Helen Merrill with Clifford Brown

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All Music Guide - Richard Mortifoglio
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard Mortifoglio
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 Tormé's "Born to Be Blue," making the sophisticated tune her own as she revels in Tormé's down-and-out lyric.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 042281464324
  • Catalog Number: 814643
  • Sales rank: 4,837

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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