Helen Merrill

Something Special

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Helen Merrill has never been shy of taking chances. The music on this out-of-print LP features the singer not only joined in various combinations by some top-notch jazzmen, but framed by tricky and unpredictable arrangements by pianist Dick Katz. Merrill duets with guitarist Jim Hall on "Deep In a Dream"; she is backed by Katz alone on "Here's That Rainy Day," takes "You're My Thrill" (a song she owns) accompanied by Katz and bassist Ron Carter, and is otherwise joined by cornetist Thad Jones and drummer Pete LaRoca, in addition to Katz, Hall and Carter. Among the other songs given surprising treatment are "It Don't Mean a Thing," "Baltimore Oriole" and "What Is This Thing Called Love." One of Helen Merrill's finest recordings.

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