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Blossom Dearie: Blossom Dearie

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Personnel: Blossom Dearie (vocals, piano); Herb Ellis (guitar); Ray Brown (bass); Jo Jones (drums).

Recorded in New York, New York on September 11-12, 1956. "Blossom's Blues" recorded April 8-9, 1959. Includes liner notes by Will Friedwald.

Digitally remastered by Tom "Curly" Ruff (PolyGram Studios).

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.


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