Blossom Dearie (album)

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Blossom Dearie
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1957
RecordedSeptember 11–12, 1956
GenreJazz, vocal jazz, cool jazz
LabelVerve
ProducerNorman Granz, Blossom Dearie
Blossom Dearie chronology
Blossom Dearie Plays "April in Paris"
(1956)
Blossom Dearie
(1957)
Give Him the Ooh-La-La
(1958)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars [3]

Blossom Dearie is a studio album by Blossom Dearie that was recorded in 1956 and released in 1957. It was her first recording for Verve.

Background[edit]

This is Dearie's first American solo album. Already known for the group "Les Blue Stars" of France and their French version of "Lullaby of Birdland", Norman Granz personally invited her to record for Verve Records.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

In a positive retrospective review written for the CD release, AllMusic reviewer Scott Yanow praises Dearie's voice, writing its "sincerity and sense of swing wins one over after a few songs" and her "piano playing is first class".[1]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "'Deed I Do" (Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose) – 2:11
  2. "Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)" (Jimmy Davis, Ram Ramirez, Jimmy Sherman) – 2:45
  3. "Ev'rything I've Got" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 2:27
  4. "Comment allez-vous" (Murray Grand) – 2:10
  5. "More Than You Know" (Edward Eliscu, Rose, Vincent Youmans) – 3:25
  6. "Thou Swell" (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:59
  7. "It Might as Well Be Spring" (Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) (sung in French) – 3:09
  8. "Tout doucement" (Emile Jean Mercadier, Rene Albert Clausier) – 2:21
  9. "You for Me" (Bob Haymes) – 2:13
  10. "Now at Last" (Haymes) – 3:20
  11. "I Hear Music" (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser) – 2:05
  12. "Wait Till You See Her" (Rodgers, Hart) – 3:19
  13. "I Won't Dance" (Dorothy Fields, Hammerstein, Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh) – 2:44
  14. "A Fine Spring Morning" (Haymes) – 3:04

CD reissue bonus tracks not included on the original 1957 release

  1. "They Say It's Spring" (Marty Clark, Haymes) – 3:22
  2. "Johnny One Note" (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:10
  3. "Blossom's Blues" (Blossom Dearie) – 3:09

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Blossom Dearie - Blossom Dearie AllMusic Review". AllMusic. AllMusic, Netaktion LLC. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. U.S.: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 59. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 360. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)