Songs of a Woman In Love · Her Complete Recordings 1955-1962
  • Prestige EP 1374
    Prestige EP 1374
  • Bethlehem BCP-47
    Bethlehem BCP-47
  • Terry Morel
    Terry Morel

Terry Morel

Songs of a Woman In Love · Her Complete Recordings 1955-1962

Fresh Sound Records

Terry Morel (vcl), Herbie Mann (fl), Tony Luis, Ralph Sharon, Gerald Wiggins, Bob Dorough, Clare Fisher (p), Ron Andrews, Jay Cave, Gene Wright, Woody Woodson, Gary Peacock (b), Hank Nanni, Christy Febbo, Bill Douglass, Chuck Thompson, Larry Bunker (d), Jackie Mills (perc)

Reference: FSRCD1107

Bar code: 8427328611077

Terry Morel (1925-2005) was a gifted vocalist who always seemed to find steady work in her native Philadelphia, ever since her professional debut in 1949. For a good six years, she was mostly singing musical comedy tunes, with successful appearances at nightclubs all over the East Coast, but this wasn't quite enough for Terry. She loved jazz, and wanted to sing the songs she liked, the way she wanted. That's why she gave up a successful career in a field she didn't really enjoy, to become a single, a jazz singer.

As soon as she took that new, bold step in her career, audiences started to notice, and so did labels, Prestige and Bethlehemin particular. In the records that resulted, we find a Terry that swings lightly, with a husky, pleasant voice, warmth, closeness, and a feeling for words and melody. In 1957 she moved to Los Angeles, and spent a few years performing successfully on the West Coast, but after 1962 she all but vanished from the papers. Her memory has faded almost completely, and all we are left with are these recordings, a testament to her special kind of effortless bedroom hush, so common in the June Christy and Chris Connor style, that in her case sounded completely natural.

01. I Can't Get Started (Duke-Gershwin) 3:17
02. But Not for Me (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:32
03. I Remember You (Schertzinger-Mercer) 3:04
04. Love for Sale (Cole Porter) 2:30
05. Mountain Greenery (R.Rodgers-L.Hart) 2:12
06. How About You? (B.Lane-R.Freed) 2:54
07. The Night We Called It Day (M.Dennis-T.Adair) 3:15
08. The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else (Jones-Kahn) 2:18
09. You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown-Kahn) 2:14
10. You're Not the Kind (Hudson-Mills) 2:31
11. Too Late Now (Lerner-Lane) 2:48
12. The Gentleman Is a Dope (Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 3:33
13. A Hundred Years Ago (Young-Washington) 2:55
14. Sometimes I'm Happy (Youmans-Caesar) 3:05
15. More Than You Know (Youmans-Rose-Eliscu) 2:57
16. Who Cares (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:25
17. But Not for Me (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:16
18. What Is There to Say? (Duke-Harburg) 3:14
19. Johnny Mercer introduces Terry Morel 0:57
20. Day In Day Out (Bloom-Mercer) 2:35
21. Johnny Mercer interviews Terry Morel 1:04
22. Skylark (Carmichael-Mercer) 2:44
23. Frank Evans introduces Terry Morel 0:28
24. What Is There to Say? (Duke-Harburg) 3:43

Album details

Tracks #1-4, from the EP “Terry Morel Sings with the Tony Luis Trio” (Prestige EP 1374)
Tracks #5-16, from the album “Songs of a Woman In Love” (Bethlehem BCP-47)
Tracks #17-22, from “Stars of Jazz” TV-show
Tracks #23-24, from “Frankly Jazz” TV show

Terry Morel, vocals, with:

Personnel on #1-4:
Tony Luis, piano; Ron Andrews, bass; Hank Nanni, drums.
Recorded in Philadelphia, March 10, 1955

Personnel on #5-16:
Herbie Mann, flute; Ralph Sharon, piano; Jay Cave, bass; Christy Febbo, drums.
Recorded live at Montclair Club, Jackson Heighs, NY, January 1956

Personnel on #17-18:
Gerry Wiggins, piano; Gene Wright, bass; Bill Douglass, drums; Jackie Mills, percussion.
Recorded live at “Stars of Jazz” TV-show, Los Angeles, May 6, 1957

Personnel on #19-22:
Bob Dorough, piano; Woody Woodson, bass; Chuck Thompson, drums.
Recorded live at “Stars of Jazz” TV-show, Los Angeles, November 25, 1957

Personnel on #23-24:
Clare Fisher, piano; Gary Peacock, bass; Larry Bunker, drums.
Recorded live at “Frankly Jazz” TV show, Los Angeles, November 5, 1962

Liner notes by Harvey Husten & Joe Quinn
New liner notes: Jordi Pujol
Original recordings by Bob Weinstock (#1-4), Creed Taylor (#5-16), Jimmie Baker (#17-22), Frank Evans & Gary Markas (#23-24)
This CD compilation produced by Jordi Pujol

Hi Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"Songs of a Woman in Love is a quintessential Bethlehem label release -- a smoky, profoundly expressive session bathed in neon tavern light, it's singer Terry Morel's lone release for the label, which seemed to specialize in this kind of one-and-done snapshot of feminine malaise and melancholy. Backed by a trio led by pianist Ralph Sharon and featuring flutist Herbie Mann, Morel's dusky, come-hither vocals mask a deeper emotional turmoil that shades songs like "Too Late Now" and "The Night We Called It a Day." The session is devoid of all traces of the sweetness and innocence that so often define her peers, instead articulating an intimacy and intensity rare in the postwar, pre-feminist '50s."

Jason Ankeny —All Music Guide

"It continues to boggle the mind when one starts realizing how many excellent female vocalists were on the jazz scene in the 1950s and 60s. You only scratch the surface with Ella, Sassy, Chris Connor and Peggy Lee, as Spain-based Fresh Sound Records keeps digging up buried treasures that deserve to be heard and heard again. Here are a couple recent finds…

THE VOICES THAT TIME FORGOT series continues with a pair of obscure gems.

Philadelphia-born Terry Morel was a fixture in the local scene, and never stretched out much further, yet her husky cool June Christy’d tone is both flexible and warm on this inviting collection of material. There are a handful of 1955 studio sessions with her local working band, and she plays around with the lyrics of “I Can’t Get Started” while carrying a glowing torch on “I Remember You”. A 1956 gig in New York has her teamed with Tony Bennett’s   pianist Ralph Sutton as well as Herbie Mann/fl, Jay Cave/b and Christy Febbo/dr with some nifty work on “How About You?”, “Mountain Greenery” and a glowing work with Sutton on “More Than You Know”. A few tunes from a 1957 LA TV Show has her with all stars Bob Dorough-Gerald Wiggins-Claire Fisher/p, Gene Wright-Woody Woodson-Gary  Peacock/b, Bill Douglass-Chuck Thompson-Larry Bunker/dr and  Jackie Mills/perc to display a cooing warble on “But Not For Me” and “Skylark”. Dry ice at the  mic."

—George W. Harris (November 26, 2021)


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