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Blossom Dearie: Blossom Time at Ronnie Scott's

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Several years ago Blossom Dearie said that of all her recordings, this on-location session from 1966 was her personal favorite. Although artists are notoriously unreliable critics of their own work, it's hard to quarrel with the singer/pianist's preference given the evidence on this reissue. Anyone who has yet to discover the inimitable, Lolita-like voice of this worldly-wise, genuinely hip, surprisingly versatile performer can be assured of making her acquaintance under optimal musical circumstances.

Even devoted fans seem unaware of the girlish-sounding singer's past travels. After performing with Woody Herman as a member of a vocal group, the Blue ...

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Blossom Dearie: From The Meticulous To The Sublime

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As a long-time admirer of singer/songwriter Blossom Dearie, it is good to see that her 1975 album From The Meticulous To The Sublime, a mid-career snapshot of her work, has finally been made available on CD.

Pursuing her own muse, Blossom Dearie formed the Blue Stars of France in the early 1950s, which culminated in a successful recording of “Lullaby of Birdland" in 1954. She appeared as the “girl" vocalist on the original King Pleasure recording of “I'm In The Mood For Love"; and the six Verve albums recorded in the latter half of the 1950s with Ray ...

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Blossom Dearie and Dave Frishberg at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center

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This Highlights in Jazz concert on April 14, 2005 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City was a salute to two unique performers whose careers have stretched many years; performing and recording separately and together. They have both accumulated a great many fans, illustrated by the just-about sold out, 900 plus seat concert venue.

The evening's format had them performing separately with Dave Frishberg starting off the evening singing a collection of his songs and accompanying himself on the piano. The opening number, “The Hopi Way", displayed the humor for which Frishberg is noted and was followed ...

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Blossom Dearie: My Gentleman Friend

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Let’s be clear about one thing from the start. This is more of a pop album than a jazz album, and anyone who buys My Gentleman Friend for the presence of any of the other musicians involved – especially Kenny Burrell – will probably be disappointed. Those who have encountered Blossom Dearie on any of her other Verve releases will be wiser, for she has always been more of an elegant cabaret singer whose delicate voice and modest piano playing lifts her just slightly above a mere interpreter of tunes. Despite the fact that her renditions of song like “You ...

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Blossom Dearie: Blossom Dearie Sings Comden and Green

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This was the fourth of six titles that Blossom Dearie would record for Verve in the mid to late 1950s. As James Gavin explains in his liner essay for the 2001 reissue, Norman Granz wanted to further the success of the “songbook" concept he had developed with Ella Fitzgerald, so he sold Dearie on a tribute to the hit Broadway lyricists Adolph Green and Betty Comden. Dearie, accompanying herself on piano, is joined by the dream team of Kenny Burrell, Ray Brown, and Ed Thigpen. The sound of the disc is big and warm, enhancing the intimacy of Dearie’s hushed, ...

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Blossom Dearie: Blossom Dearie Sings Comden and Green

Read "Blossom Dearie Sings Comden and Green"

This was the fourth of six titles that Blossom Dearie would record for Verve in the mid to late 1950s. As James Gavin explains in his liner essay for the 2001 reissue, Norman Granz wanted to further the success of the “songbook" concept he had developed with Ella Fitzgerald, so he sold Dearie on a tribute to the hit Broadway lyricists Adolph Green and Betty Comden. Dearie, accompanying herself on piano, is joined by the dream team of Kenny Burrell, Ray Brown, and Ed Thigpen. The sound of the disc is big and warm, enhancing the intimacy of Dearie’s hushed, ...



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