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Blossom Dearie

Blossom Dearie

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Blossom Dearie’s career as a solo artist begins with these recordings, produced in 1956 for Norman Granz’s fledging Verve label. When he was launching his label, Granz personally requested Dearie’s participation. Prior to signing with Verve, Blossom had been performing in Paris, and her affinity for the French song tradition is represented in “Comment Allez- Vous” and “Tout Doucement.” Her musical approach is so idiosyncratic that these recordings can’t simply be deemed “jazz.” The diminutive singer-pianist fuses elements of chanson, cabaret, pop music, showtunes and the piano-bar tradition, all while retaining the gentle, somber swing and cleverness of small-combo jazz. Most surprising is Blossom’s handling of blues. Beneath the surface of her starched, schoolgirl voice resides a well of melancholy. If there is a conventional image of the blues singer, then Blossom Dearie is its opposite. The fact that she repossesses the form for herself — without any of the attendant clichés — is what makes these performances of “Lover Man,” “More Than You Know,” and “Wait Till you See Her” quintessential.

Customer Reviews

She's awesome

I discovered this record a couple of months ago, and fell in love with her voice! Listening to this record makes me feel like I'm in a jazz club in Paris somewhere, sipping a martini and just listening to this lady groove. Very few CDs I've listened to in the last few months have made me completely happy. This is one of them! HIghly, highly recommended!

<3

This is love. I love Blossom Dearie. Her voice is so soothing and she's great to listen to on a rainy day, in front of the fire, with a blanket, warm cup of tea and a fire in the fire place. All of her albums are exquisite. I would rate her a 10 if possible. xoxo

Her Best

All of her recordings are great, and this is her best

Biography

Born: April 28, 1926 in East Durham, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A distinctive, girlish voice, crisp, impeccable delivery, and an irrepressible sense of playful swing made Blossom Dearie one of the most enjoyable singers of the vocal era. Her warmth and sparkle ensured that she'd never treat standards as the well-worn songs they often appeared in less capable hands. And though her reputation was made on record with a string of excellent...
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