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No Tears, No Goodbyes

12 Aug 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Nov 1984
  • Label: SSC
  • Copyright: Universal
  • Total Length: 37:59
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Two legendary Jazz figures serve up an interesting late night listening experience with a few surprises !The majority of this album consists of laid-back ,easy on the ear songs expertly played by ( the late )Gordon Beck and sang plaintively and sympathetically by Helen Merrill .Included amongst the nine offerings are 'I Love Paris'(written by Cole Porter) and 'Bye Bye Blackbird' (written by Henderson and Dixon).'The Thrill is Gone' ( written by Henderson and Brown) is also typical of the bulk of the songs within the album .It is also notable that Merrill chooses to deliver an atypical vocal on 'Bye Bye Blackbird'.Whereas most versions of this song are treated in a bouncy up-tempo way ,Helen delivers a melancholic ,unhurried vocal performance .

My favourite song here is the opening song ,'When I Look in Your Eyes ' penned by L.Bricusse ( I think that the distinctive piano phrase on this tune has probably inspired Simply Red's Mick Hucknall to pen 'More' which appeared on 'A New Flame' several years later!).My other favourites are the Gordon Beck penned 'I Got it Good' which is largely a piano based instrumental until Helen appears in the latter stages of the song to add some beautiful choir-like vocal accompaniment to wonderful effect ! The closing song 'By Myself' is also one of my personal favourites on the album .
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Jun 2008
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(3.5 stars) Thirty years after Helen Merrill set the world afire (in Helen Merrill with Clifford Brown) at the age of twenty-five, Merrill is still going strong. A consummate jazz performer with a great sense of how to take a standard into new and exciting dimensions, Merrill has had a long and illustrious career. In this 1984 CD, with British pianist Gordon Beck, however, her solos are slow, mournful, and uniformly dirge-like, a characteristic which gets emphasized when she sings in counterpoint to the spritely, enthusiastic piano work of Beck, an unusual combination of talents and styles which makes Beck's piano solos particularly welcome for the listener.

Though the song selection is terrific, I'm not sure why Merrill has chosen to show so little energy in her efforts. "I Love Paris" sounds so sad that I found myself wondering, when she sang about how her "love is here," if she meant that he had passed away. Even "Bye, Bye, Blackbird," a song in which the tempo really gets going on most recordings, remains a lament here. In "The Thrill is Gone," the thrill is truly gone. Beck saves many of these songs with his jazzy, rhythmical variations and happy feet, an effort that is so outstanding that I checked and was delighted to see that there are many CDs of his solo work.

Vocally, Merrill often slides up to her notes and then cuts off them off, instead of holding them for three or four beats as she continues with the melody, and she seems uncertain of some of her lower register. Though I have been a huge fan of Merrill for many years, this is a CD to which I am unlikely to return, except to hear Gordon Beck, whose work in "I Got it Good"--among other tracks--is especially brilliant. An outstanding pianist, full of vibrant energy, Beck's work is well worth pursuing for its own sake. Mary Whipple
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