Helen Merrill / Ron Carter

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Duets Review

by Scott Yanow

Singer Helen Merrill and bassist Ron Carter explore 11 standards and an original apiece on this intimate and generally enjoyable set. There is not a great deal of variety, and Merrill's voice has sounded stronger elsewhere, but their versions of "I Fall in Love Too Easily," "A Child Is Born," "Autumn Leaves," and "There Is No Greater Love" are memorable. One certainly has to admire Merrill's constant desire to take chances in her recordings.

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