Blossom Dearie – The Diva Series (2003)

Blossom Dearie - The Diva Series (2003)
Artist: Blossom Dearie
Album: The Diva Series
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Label: Verve Records
Released: 2003
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

I’m Hip (2:49)
Our Love Is Here To Stay (3:12)
I Walk A Little Faster (4:14)
Dance Only With Me (2:58)
You For Me (2:16)
Rhode Island Is Famous For You (2:13)
Blossom’s Blues (3:12)
It Amazes Me (4:19)
Someone To Watch Over Me (5:59)
They Say It’s Spring (3:45)
It’s Love (2:50)
Always True To You In My Fashion (2:52)
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (2:28)
Once Upon A Summertime (2:46)
Plus Je T’Embrasse (2:31)
When In Rome (3:25)


Blossom Dearie’s time spent with Verve during the late ’50s resulted in several albums of great music, and her entry in the label’s 2003 The Diva Series is one of the better single-disc wrap-ups of her career. This one is much longer than Verve’s previous attempts; it also does a good job of compiling most of her best moments, including “I’m Hip,” “Blossom’s Blues,” and “Always True to You in My Fashion.” It certainly isn’t perfect, though; notable exclusions like “‘Deed I Do,” “I Won’t Dance,” “It Might as Well Be Spring,” and “Give Him the Ooh-La-La” make this a tough one to recommend for beginners. (It may well have been intentional, in order to give more space for a focus on her Verve material that has remained unissued on CD.)
Review by John Bush

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