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VA - I Get A Kick Out Of You: The Cole Porter Songbook, Volume II (1991)

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VA - I Get A Kick Out Of You: The Cole Porter Songbook, Volume II (1991)

VA - I Get A Kick Out Of You: The Cole Porter Songbook, Volume II (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 277 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb | 00:56:29
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Standarts | Label: Verve/Polygram | # 511 070-2

Terrific versions of classic Cole Porter songs recorded by jazz's greatest vocalists… Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Merrill, Dinah Washington, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, Shirley Horn, Billie Holiday, Fred Astaire, Blossom Dearie, Morgana King, and Betty Carter.

VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)

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VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)

VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 390 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: Verve/Polygram | # 845 466-2 | Time: 01:08:27

From a label with no shortage of first-rate jazz material come this very attractive vocal sampler. Staying true to the Compact Jazz ethos, Best of the Jazz Vocalists favors quality over hits and comes with a budget price tag. The majority of songs are from the label's prime '50s and '60s run, including a cloud-bound "Summertime" by Helen Merrill and one of the all-time great versions of "If You Could See Me Now," compliments of Billy Eckstine. Continuing with this balancing act between the sexes, the collection also includes fine work by Bill Henderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Abbey Lincoln, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn, and Anita O'Day; latter-day entries include Lincoln's "I've Got Thunder and It Rings" from her 1990 Verve debut and Horn's "I Got Lost in His Arms" from 1988's Close Enough for Love. Nicely wrapped up with Nina Simone's Afro-percussion clarion call "Come Ye," this Verve roundup works as the perfect primer for more adventurous trips through the label's fertile stores of essential jazz.

John Lewis & Helen Merrill - Django (1977) [Japanese Edition 2011] (Re-up)

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John Lewis & Helen Merrill - Django (1977) [Japanese Edition 2011] (Re-up)

John Lewis & Helen Merrill - Django (1977) [Japanese Edition 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 256 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 96 MB | Covers - 56 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Solid Records (CDSOL-1407)

Helen Merrill's first American record since 1968 (she had spent much time in Japan) is mostly a duet set with pianist John Lewis; three songs also have flutist Hubert Laws, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Connie Kay. The emphasis is on ballads, with all of the nine songs (other than the pianist's "The Singer") being quite well-known. The obvious empathy between Merrill and Lewis is well displayed on such numbers as "Django" (which has rarely been sung), "Angel Eyes," "Alone Together" and "Mad About the Boy." An introspective set full of subtle creativity.

Helen Merrill - Clear Out Of This World (1992)

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Helen Merrill - Clear Out Of This World (1992)

Helen Merrill - Clear Out Of This World (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 237 MB | Covers - 45 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Gitanes Jazz/Emarcy (510 691-2)

Although Helen Merrill is often thought of as a singer from the 1950s (when she made her initial reputation), she has stayed aware of more recent developments in jazz. On this superior CD, Merrill is accompanied by pianist Roger Kellaway, bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Terry Clarke; three songs add trumpeter Tom Harrell, while two others have Wayne Shorter on tenor or soprano. Whether performing veteran standards (such as "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" and "Some of These Days") or more modern pieces, Merrill's haunting voice and her all-star sidemen uplift and revitalize the material. A consistently memorable set full of subtle surprises.

Helen Merrill & Gil Evans - Collaboration (1988)

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Helen Merrill & Gil Evans - Collaboration (1988)

Helen Merrill & Gil Evans - Collaboration (1988)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 233 MB | Covers - 51 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Nippon Phonogram/EmArcy (834 205-2)

In 1956, a year before Miles Ahead, singer Helen Merrill hired the nearly forgotten arranger Gil Evans to write charts for a dozen songs on one of her record dates. In 1987, they had a reunion, and 11 of the 12 numbers (with "Summertime" taking the place of "You're Lucky to Me") were recorded again. Rather than just a re-creation album, this project found Evans writing fresh arrangements, utilizing three very different ten-pieces: one with a woodwind quintet, another with six horns, and a third that included five strings. This inspired outing, one of the most rewarding sets of Helen Merrill's later years, was also one of Evans' last great dates and one of his few post-1972 classics. 57 at the time, Merrill is in superb form on such numbers as "Where Flamingos Fly," "A New Town Is a Blue Town," "By Myself" and "Anyplace I Hang My Hat Is Home."

Helen Merrill Together With Dick Katz - The Feeling Is Mutual (1967)

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Helen Merrill Together With Dick Katz - The Feeling Is Mutual (1967)

Helen Merrill Together With Dick Katz - The Feeling Is Mutual (1967)
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 204 MB | Covers (12 MB) included
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Nippon Phonogram/Emarcy (EJD-3021), 1989

This album is the first of two great sessions for Milestone that the pianist Dick Katz arranged for Helen Merrill soon after she returned to New York from a triumphant second career in Japan and Italy. The Feeling Is Mutual is a somewhat darker-hued affair than the gem-like A Shade Of Difference though many of the same fine musicians (Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Thad Jones, Elvin Jones) are on board. Heavily influenced by MJQ leader John Lewis, Katz's carefully calibrated approach is designed to effectively showcase Merrill's vocal artistry. Highlights include "Here's That Rainy Day," a reprise of Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain" from Merrill's still classic 1954 debut, and the magical "Deep In A Dream," which closes the album with the lyrically apt accompaniment of Jim Hall on guitar.

Helen Merrill - You've Got A Date With The Blues (1959)

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Helen Merrill - You've Got A Date With The Blues (1959)

Helen Merrill - You've Got A Date With The Blues (1959)
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 166 MB | Covers (14 MB) included
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve (837 936-2), 1987

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."

Helen Merrill - Casa Forte (1980) [Japanese Edition 2011]

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Helen Merrill - Casa Forte (1980) [Japanese Edition 2011]

Helen Merrill - Casa Forte (1980) [Japanese Edition 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 243 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 87 MB | Covers - 57 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Ultra-Vibe, Inc. (CDSOL-1409)

Helen Merrill is in top form throughout this 1980 session, backed by pianist Torrie Zito's thoughtful arrangements. Merrill, who improvises like a member of the band, always knows the possibilities within each song she performs and finds a way to make it her own. A good part of the CD includes bossa nova tunes, highlighted by her deliberate lyrical treatment of "Wave" in which Zito is her sole accompanist. Her silken voice is wrapped in strings for the lush takes of "So Many Stars" and "Like a Lover," with Bucky Pizzarelli providing the perfect touch on guitar. "Natural Sounds" is an unjust obscurity, a touching ballad sung by Barbra Streisand in the mid-'60s on a live album, though Merrill handles it with far more finesse. There are also enjoyable renditions of standards like "Too Marvelous for Words" and "Close Enough for Love."