Merrill managed to work with a second legendary arranger for her follow-up, 1956's Dream of You, produced and arranged by Gil Evans. With Merrill, Evans worked out several of the ideas for his hugely successful run with Miles Davis to come a few years later. Merrill toured extensively through Europe and Japan in the late 1950s and 1960s, recording with Chet Baker and Stan Getz, among others, and settling in Japan, where she developed a strong following. Later in her career, Merrill has recorded albums of bossa nova, show tunes, holiday music and Croatian folk tunes sung in Croatian.
On this Piano Jazz session from 1995, Helen Merrill is in fine form on tunes including "Dream of You," "Don't Explain," "Home on the Range," and her signature take on Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to."
Originally recorded Jan. 6, 1995. Originally broadcast May 13, 1995. Copyright 2010 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
"You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" (C. Porter)
"What's New" (B. Haggart)
"Dream of You" (S. Oliver)
"Blame It On My Youth" (Levant, Heyman)
"The Winter of My Discontent" (A. Wilder)
"Don't Explain" (B. Holliday, A. Herzer)
"Home on the Range" (J. Lomax)
"Portrait of Helen Merrill" (M. McPartland)
"Gone With the Wind" (H. Magidson, A. Wrubel)