Thursday, August 24, 2017

Helen Merrill & Dick Katz - 1968 - A Shade of Difference

Helen Merrill & Dick Katz
1968 
A Shade of Difference



01. Never Will I Marry 4:57
02. While We're Young 2:47
03. Lonely Woman 3:49
04. I Should Care 4:11
05. A Lady Must Live 4:44
06. I Want A Little Boy 3:15
07. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most 6:37
08. My Funny Valentine 2:20
09. Lover, Come Back To Me 4:57
10. Where Do You Go? 2:21

Piano, Producer – Dick Katz
Bass – Richard Davis (tracks: A3), Ron Carter
Cornet – Thad Jones (tracks: A3)
Drums – Elvin Jones
Flugelhorn – Thad Jones
Flute – Hubert Laws
Guitar – Jim Hall
Saxophone [Alto] – Gary Bartz (tracks: A3)
Vocals – Helen Merrill

Originally recorded in July, 1968, at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City.


Originally put out by the Milestone label and later reissued by Landmark, this is a superior and consistently surprising effort by singer Helen Merrill. With arrangements provided by pianist Dick Katz and adventurous yet sympathetic playing by Thad Jones on flugelhorn and cornet, flutist Hubert Laws, altoist Gary Bartz (who is only on Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman"), Katz, guitarist Jim Hall, either Ron Carter or Richard Davis, on bass and drummer Elvin Jones, this is a particularly strong jazz vocal date. Merrill's voice was at its prime during the era, and her ability to tackle a wide repertoire and to bring new life to standards (including taking "My Funny Valentine" as a fairly free duet with Ron Carter) makes this a highly recommended effort.

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