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Album Review

This edition of Lonehill Jazz's two-fer series features a pair of LPs by Helen Merrill: The Nearness of You and You've Got a Date with the Blues, originally issued on Verve in 1957 and 1959. Highlights among the 23 tracks include "Summertime," "Bye Bye Blackbird," and "Am I Blue?." Casual listeners should pick up Compact Jazz: Helen Merrill on Verve before delving into these recordings.

Biography

Born: 21 July 1930 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A fine singer with a warm, expressive voice, Helen Merrill's infrequent recordings tend to be quite special with plenty of surprises and chance-taking. She started singing in public in 1944 and was with the Reggie Childs Orchestra during 1946-1947. Merrill, who was married for a period to clarinetist Aaron Sachs, had opportunities to sit in with some of the top modernists of the time, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Bud Powell. She was with Earl Hines in 1952 and started recording regularly...
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