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Blossom Time at Ronnie Scott's Live

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Blossom has named this (her first live album) as her personal favorite recording, and it might very well become yours, too. Her swinging trio lights up London as she intoxicates the crowd with When the World Was Young; When in Rome; The Shadow of Your Smile; Mad About the Boy; Satin Doll , and more!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000251CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Giuseppe C. HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 4, 2007
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Blossom has called this her favorite recording, and though artists are notoriously bad critics of their own work, I can see its charms--especially for those just discovering the singer-pianist with the tiny and childlike but strangely compelling voice. The audio fidelity and crowd ambience of the on-location recording lend immediacy and a sense of the "au courant" to the proceedings, and the rhythm section and programming are superior to the live performance I caught by Blossom at Manhattan's Reno Sweeney in the mid-70s. The repertoire is varied, but each tune is executed to perfection, making it all but impossible to select highlights and lowlights, favorites and throwaways. Even that biggest of all "musical clichés," Duke's "Satin Doll" (forget Amazon's spelling), sounds fresh and welcome as performed by Blossom.

As for the Lolita-like, undeniably girlish quality in Blossom's voice, it's counterbalanced by her forthright, direct, no-nonsense approach to a song's lyrics. There's no pose, no self-consciousness, and little to no sensuality or seduction in this remarkably versatile performer whose child-like delivery includes a child's honest candor. Any ironic subtexts, or even sexuality, are the projections of the listener.

Only one downside, imo: the decision not to edit out Blossom's "jokes." Even she can't breathe new life into these groaners.
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Blossom Time at Ronnie Scott's," was initially recorded, live, by the American singer Blossom Dearie, during her first visit, in 1966, to the famed London jazz club. She has called it her favorite recording. It was released on the British Fontana label, for which she would record three more albums. Dearie, a jazz pianist/singer/songwriter, and a frequent player in the bebop style, is best known for her distinctive, intimate, soft "girlish" voice. She's considered one of the great supper club singers: she's appeared at Michael's Pub, among other New York venues, as well as Carnegie Hall. In 1985, she was the first winner of the annual Mabel Mercer Foundation Award, for outstanding supper club artist.

On the record at hand, she's backed by her customary accompanists, Jeff Clyne on bass, and Johnny Butts on drums. Of her "boys," as she calls them, Dearie says, "Two wonderful musicians, two great friends. Johnny Butts gave me exactly the support I needed. A most sympathetic and swinging drummer. Jeff Clyne is the ideal bass player for me. His feel and intonation are excellent. I could not have asked for more from either of them. They are just perfect."

The program is top-heavy with standards, but they deliver a swinging version of that Brill Building triumph, "On Broadway;" and a fresh take on Rodgers and Hart's" Everything I've Got Belongs to You." She continues to favor Dave Frishberg material, see "I'm Hip," and does nicely with Noel Coward's "Mad about the Boy." An interesting selection of songs. Further, Dearie understates a song nicely, and the club intimacy and immediacy are readily apparent. But the album does sound a bit "much of a muchness;" her whisper of a voice hardly changes.
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Escuché a alguien en la radio decir que es uno de los mejores discos de Blossom y es verdad!!! No me canso de escucharlo. Realmente vale la pena tenerlo y deleitarse con su música. La canción que más me gusta es "The shadow of your smile".
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