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Helen Merrill

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Helen Merrill was born on July 21, 1929, in New York City. She is a first generation American, her parents immigrated from what is now known as Croatia. She began singing as a teenager in the late 1940s. In 1951, she was a vocalist with the Earl Hines band. She recorded two songs on the Roost label in 1953, ‘My Funny Valentine’ and ‘The More I See You’, which mark the beginning of her long recording career. These recordings led to her being signed to a contract on the newly launched EmArcy label of Mercury Records. The first single released by EmArcy Records (EmArcy 16000) was by Helen Merrill

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Radka Toneff, Steve Dobrogosz: Fairytales

Read "Fairytales" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'album jazz norvegese più importante della storia torna sul mercato nel quarantennale della sua pubblicazione. Il giudizio è stato espresso in un referendum del 2011 che ha coinvolto i musicisti del paese scandinavo ed è risultato in linea con le scelte del pubblico: Fairytales è tuttora il più venduto album jazz norvegese. Per ...

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Midsummer Releases From Duo Carmen Staaf & Allison Miller, Vocalists Deb Rasmussen and Lainie Cooke Plus Birthday Shoutouts And More

Read "Midsummer Releases From Duo Carmen Staaf & Allison Miller, Vocalists Deb Rasmussen and Lainie Cooke Plus Birthday Shoutouts And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from duo Carmen Staaf & Allison Miller, vocalists Deb Rasmussen and Lainie Cooke, Vancouver duo Laura Crema & Bill Coon, with birthday shoutouts to Lisa Maxwell, Cynthia Scott, Carmen Bradford, Helen Merrill, Nicole Glover, Janis Siegel and Luciana Souza, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear ...

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Shabaka Hutchings, Warne Marsh, Deanna Witkowski and More

Read "Shabaka Hutchings, Warne Marsh, Deanna Witkowski and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is an extremely varied selection of music ranging from spiritual blasts by Shabaka Hutchings and Franklin Kiermyer to sax mastery by Warne Marsh and Tony Malaby and torchy vocals from Dinah Washington and Helen Merrill. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings ...

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Lightbulb Moments

Read "Lightbulb Moments" reviewed by H William Stine


They don't happen often and they don't happen to everyone. But if one does happen to you, it could change your life. Of course I'm talking about an IRS audit. Of course I'm not talking about an IRS audit. I'm talking about those out-of-the-blue, eye-opening moments of inspiration or maybe self-discovery. One thing: they're always moments ...

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The Home Show: Vi Redd, Joel Ross, Jutta Hipp, Henry Threadgill, Miho Hazama and more

Read "The Home Show: Vi Redd, Joel Ross, Jutta Hipp, Henry Threadgill, Miho Hazama and more" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a thematic serving of tunes expressing feelings of wanting to be home, traveling home, being home, turkey, and saying goodbye. Featuring Henry Threadgill, Helen Merrill, Ray Bryant, Brother Jack McDuff, Joel Ross, Vi Redd, Miho Hazama and more. Playlist Petter Eldh “Kali Koma" from Koma Saxo (We Jazz Records) 00:00 Henry Threadgill ...

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Ayumi Tanaka, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse, Franco Cerri & New Releases

Read "Ayumi Tanaka, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse, Franco Cerri & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We open with tributes to three artists that passed in the past few days, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse and Franco Cerri, before delving into new releases ranging from the straight-ahead hard-hitting energy of Pete Rodriguez to the sound (and silence) explorations of Ayumi Tanaka and her Trio.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

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Mette Juul: New York - Copenhagen

Read "New York - Copenhagen" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Questo EP della cantante Mette Juul prosegue quanto espresso nel precedente Change, selezionando cinque intime ballad, quasi tutte entrate nel novero degli standard. Il titolo del disco fa riferimento alle due metropoli che hanno ospitato le session: tre brani sono stati incisi a New York in duo col chitarrista Mike Moreno mentre gli altri tre a ...

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Sheila Jordan: Comes Love: Lost Session 1960

Read "Comes Love: Lost Session 1960" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Una registrazione inedita in studio di Sheila Jordan del 1960 (che anticipa di due anni Portrait of Sheila, il debutto ufficiale Blue Note) ci dà gioia. Per valutare appieno il valore della scoperta ricordiamo che le incisioni della Jordan prima del 1975 (quando era già prossima ai cinquanta) sono rare e dei primi ...

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Becca Stevens, Elan Mehler: Pallet On Your Floor

Read "Pallet On Your Floor" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Tra le più sensibili e originali cantanti contemporanee, la trentacinquenne Becca Stevens sa esprimersi egregiamente in ogni contesto (come testimonia anche il recente Wonderbloom d'impronta synth-pop) ma quando affronta le ballad mette in luce le sue massime qualità espressive, risultando insuperabile. Non esiste vocalist della sua generazione capace di esprimersi con analoga purezza ...


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