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Blossom Dearie’s final album for Verve is a distillation of her talents. Backed by a restrained trio featuring Ray Brown on bass, Ed Thigpen on drums and Kenny Burrell on guitar, My Gentleman Friend places focus squarely on Blossom’s singing. While it is not her best known performance, Gershwin’s “Little Jazz Bird” is an anthem for the singer’s persona: “Just try my recipe / And I'm sure you'll agree / That a little jazz bird / Is the only kind of bird to be.” For a performer who sounded so small, she was actually one of the few artists of that era who exerted full control over her albums. She was a champion of unknown songwriters, especially Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, who contributed “You Fascinate Me So” and “It’s Too Good To Talk About Now” to this set. Blossom’s trademark was the girlish, whimsical, and tightly woven swing she brings to songs like “Boum” and “Chez Moi,” but she can also communicate feeling without any gimmick or pretension, as on “Hello Love.” She sings like a girl, but handles “Someone to Watch Over Me” like a soul with several lifetimes’ worth of experience.

Customer Reviews

love her ... not her best but 3 good tracks

Boum, and both Gershwin tunes are very nice.


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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