Helen Merrill records with Clifford Brown ‘Helen Merrill,’ her eponymous debut album for Emarcy (1955)

‘Helen Merrill’ is her eponymous debut studio album recorded on December 22-24, 1954, with Clifford Brown and released in 1955 by Emarcy.

Track Listing : 1.Don’T Explain (Arthur Herzog Jr., Billie Holiday) – 05:08 . 2.You’D Be So Nice To Come Home To (Cole Porter) – 04:17 . 3.What’S New? (Johnny Burke, Bob Haggart) – 04:56 . 4.Falling In Love With Love (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 03:52 . 5.Yesterdays (Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern) – 05:56 . 6.(I Was) Born To Be Blue (Mel Tormé, Bob Wells) – 05:12 . 7.’S Wonderful (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 03:12

Musicians : Helen Merrill – Vocals . Clifford Brown – Trumpet . Danny Bank – Bass Clarinet, Flute, Baritone Saxophone . Jimmy Jones – Piano . Barry Galbraith – Guitar . Milt Hinton – Double Bass On (1 – 2 – 6 – 7) . Osie Johnson – Drums On (1 – 2 – 6 – 7) . Oscar Pettiford – Cello, Double Bass On (3 – 4 – 5) . Bobby Donaldson – Drums On (3 – 4 – 5) . Quincy Jones – Conductor

Production : Produced By Bob Shad . Quincy Jones, Hal Mooney

Arrangements : Quincy Jones, Hal Mooney

Package : Yozo Iwanami – Liner Notes

Recorded On December 22-24, 1954.

Released In 1955 By Emarcy.

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All About Jazz
Clifford Brown’s recordings are in short supply, so for that matter alone this record is worth a listen. The trumpeter has always had a knack for complementing any singerand on this occasion his melodic bite is the perfect foil for Merrill’s bouncy delivery. […]

allmusic
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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