Helen Merrill - Dream of You (Japan Edition) (1956/1988)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 212.73 Mb | 40:02 | Scans included
Vocal Jazz | Country: USA | Label: Emarcy/Nippon Grammophon - EJD-3026
One thing that set Helen Merrill apart from other '50s jazz singers was her acutely dramatic vocal style. Her earnest phrasing, elongated notes, and incandescent tone might even strike the contemporary listener as qualities more appropriate for the Broadway stage than a jazz club. On 1955's Dream of You, though, Merrill found reconciliation, sounding both melodramatic and swinging within Gil Evans' darkly spacious, yet economical arrangements. Suitably, torchy ballads are prominent. On the somewhat grandiose side there's "Where Flamingos Fly" and "I'm a Fool to Want You," which find Merrill in a pensive mood amidst a variety of tempo and timbre shifts.