Helen Merrill: Dream of You - JazzWax

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November 15, 2010


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Allen Lowe

I love Helen Merrill, though I always preferred the SOUND on her recordings with Clifford Brown (Mercury, I think). Hers is a difficult voice to capture correctly, and I'm willing to bet the problem is technical - if I were engineering I would throw a condenser if front of her, and Dream of You sounds like a ribbon was used. By such technical decisions is history altered. Just my guess and my opinion.

Hans Doerrscheidt

Thanks Mark, your original interview with Helen Merrill prompted me to listen to this album, as I was starting to (re)discover Gil Evans. It's been a favorite ever since.

I was astonished to hear that Si Zentner's version of "Dream of You" seems to be quite influenced by the Merrill/Evans collaboration, arrangement-wise (http://itunes.apple.com/de/album/suddenly-its-swing-the-swingin/id15127862)

For another bit of trivia, Evans borrowed the intro to "He Was Too Good to Me" from another arrangement he did earlier for Claude Thornhill, recently re-recorded by the Dutch Jazz Orchestra as "Easy Living Medley" (http://www.amazon.com/Moon-Dreams-Rediscovered-Music-Mulligan/dp/B001JOJ46C).


Bill Kirchner

Gil's intro and coda for "I'm A Fool To Want You" on DREAM OF YOU is a subtle quote from Béla Bartók's "Concerto for Orchestra." Gil reused this six years later on "Wait Till You See Her" on the Miles Davis QUIET NIGHTS album.

John P. Cooper

This is the old Jimmie Lunceford recorded song from the mid 30s.


John Dierickx

Last week I was in Strasbourg, France (I'm from Belgium). I saw a record store there, with lots of vinyl, and I just had to go and check that out (it's compulsory, nothing I can do about it...). Anyway, I found this white sleeve, with a hole in the middle where you could see the LP's label. Nothing written on the sleeve, nothing on the label, except with a ballpoint 'Helen Mirren & Gil Evans. I took it home of course. It's a 45 RPM, the size of a 33 RPM, with just two songs on it: I Dream of you, and Summertime. Anyone has anymore information on this? Was this intentionally done, or something for promo or so?

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