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Helen MerrillCasa Forte (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Trio (Japan), 1980. Very Good ... $19.99
A wonderful album from Helen Merrill – one of the few jazz singers we can think of who continued to grow stylistically as the years went on! This majestic album was recorded in 1980, and it features Merrill dipping into a modern Brazilian bag – working with baroque arrangements that blend jazz and strings in the style of some of Milton Nascimento's work, but handled here with a more sensitive approach that has a lot more focus on the vocals on a few tracks. The track selection is wonderful – and the album features great versions of songs like "Wave", "Natural Sounds", "Like A Lover", "Casa Forte", "Vera Cruz", and "So Many Stars". Arrangements are by Torrie Zito, but done with even more jazz than usual – thanks to the presence of players like Sal Nistico on tenor, Urbie Green on trombone, Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, and Zito himself on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert. Cover has light wear and a split spine.)

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Helen MerrillMerrill At Midnight ... LP
EmArcy, 1957. Very Good ... $19.99
Merrill At Midnight is a dark little set from Helen – one that more than lives up to its name with a wonderful set of late nite backings arranged by Hal Mooney! Mooney's style is slightly more string-laden than some of Helen Merrill's other records of the 50s – but not in a way that's ever sleepy or romantic – more in a sad-tinged, dreamy sort of mode – one that suits Helen's vocals wonderfully. Bits of single instruments sneak into the mix to augment the tunes – a piano here, a guitar there – usually used sparingly, but in ways that beautifully underscore the mood of the songs. Titles include "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair", "Soft As Spring", "Easy Come Easy Go", "I'll Be Around", "If You Go", "After You Who", and "The Things We Did Last Summer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Helen MerrillClear Out Of This World ... CD
Gitanes (France), 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Helen MerrillDream Of You ... CD
EmArcy, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dream Of You is one of Helen's best from the 50s, thanks to some great arrangements from Gil Evans! Evans' young and modern talents are a perfect fit for Helen's sadly icy vocals on the set – taking her to new places never reached on some other sessions that were trying for a warmer, sweeter sound. The tunes are all well chosen, too – and the record features a great reading of "Where Flamingos Fly", plus "I'm A Fool To Want You", "I've Never Seen", "He Was Too Good To Me", "By Myself", and "Troubled Waters". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Helen MerrillHelen Merrill In Tokyo ... CD
King (Japan), 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare Japanese session from vocalist Helen Merrill – one of a few key 60s recordings she cut on the Tokyo scene, after initial fame in the US! The album features a great small group arranged by drummer Takeshi Inomata, played by a combo that includes alto, baritone, and trumpet – all used in a cool and laidback mode that resonates nicely with Merrill's more familiar 50s sides on Mercury – but which also stretches out more, too – not as "cool", and with a sense of inflection that's mighty nice. Helen's in great form vocally – often singing in that almost-effortless mode that we love in her classic work – and titles include "It Never Entered My Mind", "Bewitched", "You Do Something To Me", "Teach Me Tonight", "Good Morning Heartache", and "My Favorite Things". CD
(Recent SHM-CD pressing, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Helen MerrillLove In Song ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little album by Helen Merrill – one of her hippest of the 70s! The icy cool vocalist runs through a moody set of tracks with backing by a Japanese trio that includes Masahiko Sato on keyboards and Motohiko Hino on drums. The whole thing's got a great late-night feel, and the best cuts have a soulful groove that you might not hear on some of Merrill's other records. The highlight of the album is a great version of "Maiden Voyage", and other tracks include "Black Coffee", "Season Of Our Love", "I Remember Clifford", and "Waltz For Debby". CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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✨✧ Helen Merrill, Piero Umiliani & othersHelen Merrill In Italy ... CD
Liuto (Italy), Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare and wonderful music Helen Merrill recorded in Italy and with some of the hippest figures in Italian music of the time! Includes lots work with Piero Umiliani, the Quintet of Milan featuring Gianni Basso and Renato Sellani, and a rare big band session arranged and conducted by Ennio Morricone. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Helen Merrill & Piero UmilianiParole E Musica ... LP
RCA (Italy), 1961. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A strange and obscure session that has the cool jazz vocals of American singer Helen Merrill backed by a small Italian combo led by soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – a wonderful mix that really makes the album an unusual one for Helen! The music was originally recorded for a TV program in Italy, and each track is preceded by an Italian voice, reciting Italian versions of the lyrics over spare musical backing – then Merrill's voice comes in with a bigger jazz group, singing each track in English – a very nice level of presentation! And although the whole thing sounds crazy, it actually works well – and gives the album a compelling edge and kind of a sexy late-night quality – with great instrumentation that includes flute from Gino Marinacci and guitar from Enzo Grillini. Tracks include "Solitude", "Everything Happens To Me", "Night & Day", "Why Don't You Do Right", and "Willow Weep For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing!)

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✨✧ Helen MerrillHelen Merrill ... CD
EmArcy, 1954. Used ... Out Of Stock
Helen Merrill's first album for Emarcy – and a beautiful session of icy vocals arranged by Quincy Jones, and featuring work by Oscar Pettiford, Jimmy Jones, and Clifford Brown. The set's got a relaxed jazzy style that you don't hear on some of Merrill's more full-blown albums – and the coldness and sadness of Helen's tone is really right up front in the arrangements – with a starkness that's extremely moving, and a power that she often never matched on record again! Titles include "Don't Explain", "What's New", "Yesterdays", and "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To". CD
(Out of print early CD pressing for US market but with tracklist in English and Japanese.)

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✨✧ Helen MerrillMusic Makers ... LP
Owl (France), 1986. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Proof that Helen Merrill was continuing to grow as a singer – well into her fourth decade of recording! This obscure session was recorded in France in 1986 – with a lineup that includes Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Gordon Beck on acoustic and electric piano, and Stephane Grappelli on violin. In this spare setting, Merrill's are wonderfully at home – sadly picking her way through a host of tunes that includes great readings of some more familiar numbers, plus a few originals by players on the set. Titles include "Nuages", "Round Midnight", "A Tout Choisir", "As Time Goes By", "Laura", "Music Makers", "And She Still Is With Me", and "Solitude". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve.)
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Clifford BrownBrownie – The Complete EmArcy Recordings Of Clifford Brown (10CD box set) ... CD
EmArcy/Nippon (Japan), Mid 50s. Used 10 CDs ... $69.99
A huge amount of greatness – including Clifford Brown's famous recordings with Max Roach, his All Stars jam session, and recordings with Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Helen Merrill – plus a "with strings" session, and unreleased tracks! CD
(Out of print, please note that the slipcover has some edgewear & the artwork has some light water damage.)

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Blossom Dearie/Bobby JasparAdorable Blossom Dearie (3CD set) ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s. New Copy 3CD ... $19.99
A great look at the earliest years of the lovely Blossom Dearie – and a set that also features a surprising amount of work from reedman Bobby Jaspar, who was making big waves on the Paris jazz scene at the same time the young Blossom was living in France! CD1 features the pair together – a lovely set of duos with Bobby on flute and Blossom on piano, pulled from a rare 7" EP – which is then followed by a set of piano instrumentals lead by Dearie, from the album Jazz Sweet – a French-only release! The CD then follows with Blossom's great vocal jazz group The Blues Stars Of France – with tracks from both their first album and their rare EP – great vocal harmony numbers of bebop tunes. CD2 features Blossom's famous self-titled album for Verve – a great American debut – but then follows with lots more rare material, including a Blue Stars 7" single, a rare Dave Lambert & Buddy Stewart 78rpm single, and even other vocal tracks by Annie Ross and King Pleasure. CD3 mostly features material that focuses on the talents of Bobby Jaspar on flute – some under his own leadership, plus more with other artists and groups, including work with singer Helen Merrill, guitarist Rene Thomas, and trombonist JJ Johnson. 75 tracks in all – and a booklet of notes! CD

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✨✧ VariousShibuya Jazz Classics – Gilles Peterson Collection – Trio Issue ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The worlds greatest DJ selects a batch of Japanese jazz grooves from the 70s – what could be better? The mighty Gilles P is no stranger to the Tokyo scene – and here, he picks some of his favorites from the catalog of Trio Records – a great Japanese label whose 70s catalog includes some of the best home-grown talents of the east, as well as a host of American artists, all given tremendous freedom in recordings done exclusively for the Japanese market! The set's filled with killer modal grooves, sweet female vocal jazz, and some cosmic numbers that will forever expand your understanding and appreciation of the kinds of hip jazz recorded in Tokyo over the years. 12 tracks in all – with titles that include "Maiden Voyage" by Helen Merrill, "Nowin" by Masaru Imada, "Early Summer" by Ryo Fukui Trio, "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by Irene Kral, "Under Construction" by Koichi Matsukaze, "Sohran Bushi" by Nobu Hara, "Midnight Sun Never Set" by Kunihiko Sugano, "Little B's Poem" by Dee Dee Bridgewater, "Down Stretch" by Eddie Gomez, and "Tokyo" by Richie Beirach. CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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