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  Наименование CD :
   Blossom Dearie

Год издания : 1992

Компания звукозаписи : Verve

Музыкальный стиль : Vocal Jazz, Standards

Время звучания : 47:40

Код CD : 837 934 2

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Jazz (Woman Voice)      

Recorded on september 11-12, 1956

15 to 17 additional tracks on CD only

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.

In 1956, Blossom Dearie came back to New York to contract with Verve records. This self-titled debut album may be the most famous record of Dearie for many people. While other records of Dearie sometimes get out of prints, I think this record has always been on the catalog.

Of course, this is the good album. But I think this is not a great record, especially when comparing with the great Verve albums that followed this. I am not sure why this record is so popular. It may be partly because of the impressive album cover. It may be because this album is somehow closer to usual jazz vocal album. (And the cover design fits to the conventional image of female jazz singer.) But as I argued above, she is not a jazz singer, but a supper club singer in a good sense of the word. From such a point of view, this album is somehow weak. So, I don't hear this record often, though I think it has its own charm.

When hearing this album as a continuation of Lullaby of Birdland (1954) and April in Paris (1956), we can find some similarity such as French chorus in Comment Allez-Vous, It Might as Well Be Spring and Tout Doucement , and piano instrumental track, More Than You Know. For me, these are the interesting parts of this record. And ordinary jazz vocal listeners might find other charms in other tracks of this record.

In short, it seems to me that she was still searching for her own style in this album. And the first peak of her musical career started from the next album in Verve.


All Music Guide

  Соисполнители :

Herb Ellis (Guitar)
Jo Jones (Drums)
Ray Brown (Bass)

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Наименование трека



   1 'Deed I Do         0:02:14 Hirsch, Rose
   2 Lover Man     T       0:02:47 Davis, Ramirez, Sherman
   3 Ev'rything I've Got         0:02:30 Hart, Rodgers
   4 Comment Allez-Vous         0:02:13 Grand
   5 More Than You Know     T       0:03:29 Eliscu, Rose, Youmans
   6 Thou Swell         0:03:02 Hart, Rodgers
   7 It Might As Well Be Spring         0:03:12 Hammerstein, Rodgers
   8 Tout Doucement         0:02:24 Clausier, Mercadier
   9 You For Me         0:02:16 Haymes
   10 Now At Last         0:03:23 -"-
   11 I Hear Music     T       0:02:08 Lane, Loesser
   12 Wait Till You See Her         0:03:22 Hart, Rodgers
   13 I Won't Dance     T       0:02:47 Fields, Hammerstein, Harbach ...
   14 A Fine Spring Morning         0:03:07 Haymes
   15 They Say It's Spring         0:03:24 Clark, Haymes
   16 Johnny One Note         0:02:13 Hart, Rodgers
   17 Blossom's Blues         0:03:09 Dearie


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