Blossom Dearie (1926-2009) - JazzWax

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February 09, 2009


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"I also never quite understood why Dearie took so many great songs at too fast a clip, which could trivialize their meaning and rip the rug out from under the listener"

Try listening to "Tea For Two" from the "Once Upon a Summertime" album. It's super slow but beautiful. The same i can say too of her instrumental version of "More Than You Know" from her Verve debut. The only complain is her later years recordings are very hard to find especially this part of the world i'm from.

Red Colm O'Sullivan

And I'd have to quote her super-slow version of "Manhattan" (also on Verve) - pure magic...
And, as well as her touch at the keyboard, her time was, well, just so beautifully heavenly...


Amen to that!

here's a take by Dave Frishberg on Bill Evans on Blossom Dearie:

Mike Rosen

In concert, she let every word hang, every intonation linger, every note glow, and then they died away. The pauses were full of anticipation of the next perfectly exquisite phrase. Each one more wonderful than the last.

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