Thursday, April 14, 2011

Helen Merrill - You've Got a Date with the Blues

Helen Merrill dates are always something special. This set for Metrojazz, which has been reissued as a Verve CD, matches the cool-toned yet inwardly heated singer with an all-star sextet arranged by Quincy Jones and featuring solos by trumpeter Kenny Dorham and either Frank Wess or Jerome Richardson on flute and tenor. The repertoire includes versions of "You Go to My Head" and "Just Squeeze Me" sung in French, a couple of numbers by producer Leonard Feather, Duke Ellington's "The Blues From Black, Brown and Beige," and a haunting rendition of "The Thrill Is Gone." Recommended.
Scott Yanow

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Helen Merrill
You've Got a Date with the Blues


1 The Blues from Black, Brown, And Beige (Ellington) 5:22
2 Am I Blue (Akst, Clarke) 3:32
3 Blue Gardenia (Lee, Russell) 3:18
4 You've Got a Date With the Blues (Feather) 3:28
5 The Thrill is Gone (Brown, Henderson) 3:35
6 [Ah, The Apple Trees] When the World was Young (Gerard, Mercer) 3:08
7 Blues in my Heart (Carter) 3:37
8 Vous m'éblouissez [You Go to My Head] (Coots, Gillespie, Henneve, Palex) 3:23
9 Lorsque tu m'embrasses [Just Squeeze Me] (Ellington, Palex) 2:46
10 The Meaning of the Blues (Troup, Worth) 3:05
11 Signing Off (Feather, Russell) 1:32

[# 1, 5, 6 & 9]
Frank Wess - fl & ts
Jimmy Jones - p & arr.
Barry Galbraith - g
Milt Hinton - b
Johnny Cresci - dr
[# 1 & 3]
Same as above, except Wess is out
Kenny Dorham - tp
Jerome Richardson - fl & ts
[# 4]
Same as above, except Dorham is out
[# 2, 8, 10]
Same as above , except Al Hall replaces Hinton

Recorded in New York City ; 1959


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jazzwallah said...

Hi Mel
Helen Merrill You've Got a Date with the Blues
Would appreciate a link. Thanks