Blossom Dearie - Blossom Dearie (1957/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Artist: Blossom Dearie
Title: Blossom Dearie
Genre: Jazz, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Swing
Label: © The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1957/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Recorded: NYC, September 11 & 12, 1956
Though she made her first appearance in 1952 as the uncredited 'answer voice' on King Pleasure's celebrated 'Moody's Mood for Love,' it still took a few years for Blossom Dearie to establish herself as a solo artist. Boasting expert support from the likes of bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jo Jones, 1956's „Blossom Dearie“ was a debut worth waiting for. With her schoolmarm voice and whimsical air, Blossom Dearie today is known as one of our pre-eminent cabaret artists. What her first LP makes clear is that she was (and remains) foremost a bona fide jazz musician, grounded in a solid sense of swing.
„Blossom Dearie“ features the singer in varied guises: piano instrumentalist ('More Than you Know'), up-tempo swinger ('Everything I Got'), jazz balladeer ('Loverman'), and French chanteuse ('Comment Allez Vous' and 'Tout Doucement'). Ms. Dearie infuses the proceedings with her estimable humor and magical delivery, lending each performance the bloom of 'A Fine Spring Morning,' a title which closed the original LP in songful style.
Other than a pair of sessions for the French Barclay label during 1955-1956, this set (which has been reissued on CD) has pianist-vocalist Blossom Dearie's first recordings as a leader. Teamed up with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jo Jones, Dearie is heard in her early prime. Although her voice has always been an acquired taste, its sincerity and sense of swing wins one over after a few songs and Dearie's piano playing is first class. In addition to the 14 original selections (mostly swing-era standards plus a couple of French songs), there are three previously unreleased numbers including "Blossom's Blues," which dates from 1959. This CD is the perfect introduction for listeners to the unique sound of Blossom Dearie. --AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
1 'Deed I Do 02:13
2 Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) 02:48
3 Everything I've Got 02:30
4 Comment Allez Vous 02:13
5 More Than You Know 03:29
6 Thou Swell 03:03
7 It Might As Well Be Spring 03:12
8 Tout Doucement 02:25
9 You For Me 02:17
10 Now At Last 03:23
11 I Hear Music 02:08
12 Wait Till You See Him 03:25
13 I Won't Dance 02:47
14 A Fine Spring Morning 03:05
Blossom Dearie, piano, vocals
Herb Ellis, guitar
Ray Brown, double bass
Jo Jones, drums
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