Lilac Wine Lp / Helen Merrill
Helen Merrill's career has spanned six decades. On "Lilac Wine", released in 2003, the outstanding jazz singer uses her wonderful voice for a collection of songs she had never recorded before, with the exception of "Lilac Wine" - a song she first recorded in the 50s and revisits here. As she has throughout her long career, Merrill is surrounded here by first-rate musicians such as George Mraz (bass), Torrie Zito (piano, keyboard, arrangements) and Lew Soloff (trumpet). Merrill's uniquely swinging style remains as powerful and vividly captivating as ever.