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The Artistry of Helen Merrill


This is a rare Helen Merrill folk-oriented album from 1965, with songs from all over the world. Perhaps it was her Croatian upbringing, but very few jazz singers sound as natural singing non-jazz material as Merrill does. She sounds just like herself (which she always does anyway), with no particular adjustment to a straighter idiom, as if she had to shed herself of jazz sophistication in order to become more "innocent." Highlights include the quasi-folk bossa nova "Quiet Nights" and "Itsi No Komoriuta." The great Charlie Byrd is on board, to provide the requisite acoustic accompaniment, as is Jimmy Giuffre on clarinet.

                        FEATURED TRACKS

Quiet NightsHelen Merrill
00:00 / 02:44
Careless LoveHelen Merrill
00:00 / 03:32
Scarelet RibbonsHelen Merrill
00:00 / 03:02
House Of The Rising SunHelen Merrill
00:00 / 02:36
I Left My Heart BehindHelen Merrill
00:00 / 02:19
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