Helen Merrill (album)

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Helen Merrill
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Studio album by Helen Merrill
Released 1955
Recorded December 22-24, 1954
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 32:33
Label EmArcy
Helen Merrill chronology
Helen Merrill
(1955)
Helen Merrill with Strings
(1955)Helen Merrill with Strings1955

Helen Merrill is the debut studio album by Helen Merrill, accompanied by trumpeter Clifford Brown.[1]

Merrill recorded a tribute album to Brown in 1995.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[2]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album four and a half stars and said that "The music is essentially straight-ahead bop, yet the seven standards...are uplifted by the presence of Merrill (in top form) and Brown".[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Explain" (Arthur Herzog Jr., Billie Holiday) - 5:08
  2. "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" (Cole Porter) - 4:17
  3. "What's New?" (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke) - 4:56
  4. "Falling in Love with Love" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 3:52
  5. "Yesterdays" (Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern) - 5:56
  6. "(I Was) Born to Be Blue" (Mel Tormé, Bob Wells) - 5:12
  7. "'S Wonderful" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 3:12

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Helen Merrill". Allmusic. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 138. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.