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Though her name isn’t nearly as known as Ella Fitzgerald’s or Billie Holiday’s, Blossom Dearie more than earned a place in Verve’s Jazz Masters series. In 1956 Norman Granz personally lured Blossom to the label from the nightclubs of Paris, where she was making her living playing in a trio with Christiane Legrand and Bob Dorough. Between 1957 and 1960 she made six LPs for Verve, each a classic in its own right. As a bandleader, song selector, singer and pianist, Blossom left an indelible imprint on each of her releases. This collection comprises songs from those early LPs, and taken together they form a portrait of a voice that Leonard Feather once called “chic, sleek and squeaky-clean, a voice in a million.” Blossom never sang songs she didn’t like, giving her output a rare unity. She loved songs that were fun and clever, like “Rhode Island Is Famous for You,” and she continually returned to her Paris roots in songs like “L’Etang.” She was so known for being cool and clever that her abilities as a storyteller and blues singer of great depth were often overlooked.

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Effortless, Beautiful, and Amazing

Blossom Dearie is perhaps the great hidden treasure in an amazing chest of jazz greats. If you have never listened to her, you are in for a treat. If you know Blossom, you will realize that this might be her best collection of songs. From "Bang Goes the Drum..." (which shows her voice at its most carefree) to "L'Etang" (which demonstrates her acumen for singing French with great ease) to "Down With Love" (which shows her speed on the piano and great range). This album gives new meaning to rainy Sundays with the NY Times. Thumbs up to Verve for compiling this and to Blossom for allowing Jazz lovers to be enthralled with her sound.

Happy NPR surprise

The first time I heard her I was in a smoky bar behind Toulousse in NOLA. I heard her voice and never could learn who sung the song. It wasn't until NPR led me on to Blossom Dearie. I must say I have been missing out for so long. Soft, sweet, carefree yet filled with a dash of melancholy. Like a long forgotten first kiss. If you enjoy torch songs, then you'll love this.

Beautiful And Unique Voice

My favorites are "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Manhattan", but they are all excellent.


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 albums for Verve during the '50s, she remained a draw with Manhattan cabaret audiences long into the new millennium. Actually...
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