Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Helen Merril & Dick Katz - The Feeling is Mutual

Henri Matisse, in his notes for his portfolio that he entiteld "Jazz", quotes Renoir as once having sid to him : "When I have arranged a bouquet in order to paint it I go around to the side that I have not looked at."
In a sense, that is very much what Helen, myself, and the other musicians have tried to do with these particular songs.
Unlike the super-professional who seldom varies from one performance to the next and who always dominates the scene, Helen's artistic sensibilities and keen ear make her more dependent than most on the collaboration of creative, flexible musicians. She has a strong need to act and react to the "now" of the music, and performs with the spirit of the true improvisor. Each recorded "rake" is different and one-of-a-kind. She is, in the best sense of the word, sensitive. Therefore, the musicians sharing the studio or stage with her must be, too. So, with all this is mind, Helen and I set out to make an album incorporating an idea as old as recorded jazz itself - to have the singer be just one of several soloists (althought, of course, the most frequent solist), with the other musicians participating as artistic equals rather than background "accompanists". The idea, as I say, is old ; it is also good ; it is also very much out of fashion today, althought there is quite a surfeit of recording in the singer-with-accompaniment category...
By Dick Katz, from the booklet

Helen Merrill
Dick Katz
The Feeling is Mutual


1 You're My Thrill (Clare, Gorney)  3:14
2 It Don't Mean a Thing (Mills, Ellington)  4:56
3 Here's That Rainy Day (Burke, VanHeusen)  2:38
4 Baltimore Oriole (Webster, Carmichael)  4:48
5 Don't Explain (Holiday, Herzog)  2:34
6 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  3:38
7 The Winter of My Discontent (Berenberg, Wilder)  6:01
8 Day Dream (Latouche, Ellington, Strayhorn)  5:12
9 Deep in a Dream (DeLange, VanHeusen)  3:12


Helen Merrill - voc
Thad Jones - crt
Dick Katz - p
Jim Hall - g
Ron Carter - b
Pete La Roca or Arnie Wise - dr

Recorded at Plaza Sounds Studios, New York City ; 1965.


Rat Pack Visitor said...

Thanks, I love Helen Merrill

rowgatien said...


porco rosso said...

Just did a post on vocal sessions with Jim Hall and linked here:

Bhowani said...

merci beaucoup !

Anonymous said...

Encore une fois, merci bien. Cooljazz

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel for the FLAC upgrade of this excellent album!

daniel genovese said...

Hello Mel
Could you re-up this album?

jserraglio said...

many thanks. however the archive will not extract with the pwd

Fourcade said...

Hi there! Do excuse me, but the pwd doesn't open
the d/l files. Any possibility of repairing it?
Thanks in advance. Cheers Daniel, from Spain...

deGallo said...

Nice! Thank you.

Chesco said...

Hello Mel. Thank you very much for all. I need your help, please. The files are damaged o password incorrected. I don't understadt always use password: melanchthon, but this time is impossible.

Thank you Mel from Barcelona.

Melanchthon said...


André Harvey said...

Thank you for all that fabulous nusic !

Fourcade said...

Thanks, then, a lot for this album! Had it years ago, together
with its brother album ("A Shade Of Difference"), two great
recordings indeed of this pair! Lost them in a removal.
Therefore my gratitude, amongst so many others.
Cheers Daniel, from Spain... Merçi, alors tout va bien...

Doug said...

Thanks for this Mel ... and so much more.Cheers!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel.

tom k said...

Love Helen Merril, thank you ever so much for your
generous sharing...TK

Starchild said...

Many thanks melanchthon!