Bye Bye Blackbird - Helen Merrill - The Nearness Of You

Label: Mercury - MG 36134 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Mono • Country: Japan • Genre: Jazz • Style: Cool Jazz
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Alternately breathy and atmospheric or bright and dynamic, Helen Merrill often reaches a bit too far on The Nearness of You, though her distinct style and strong personality may be refreshing to vocal fans tired of the standard versions of standards. Leading two separate sextets -- the rather more famous one, with Bill EvansBobby JasparOscar Pettifordand Jo Jonesappears on only four tracks -- Merrill breezes over a raft of mid-tempo standards, Part Four: Never Known Questions - The Residents - Not Available several detours through high-drama territory.

Her powerful voice occasionally gets her into trouble, breaking from breathy to brash and often occupying a rather awkward middle ground. Merrill really shines on the darker material, with just a plucked bass to accompany her on "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise," and a similarly spare accompaniment on a long, drawn-out tribute to "Summertime" and "I See Your Face Before Me.

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Styles Cool Vocal Jazz Standards. Recording Date December 18, - February 21, Track Listing. Bye Bye Blackbird. Helen Merrill. When the Sun Comes Out. I Remember You. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise. Dearly Beloved. All of You. Cole Porter. Let Me Love You. Harlan Howard. The Nearness of You. This Time the Dream's on Me.

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