Blossom dearie - my gentleman friend


Blossom Dearie (April 28, 1924 – February 7, 2009) was an American jazz singer and pianist. She had a recognizably light and girlish voice. One of the last supper club/cabaret performers, she performed regular engagements in London and New York City over many years. She collaborated with many musicians, including Johnny Mercer, Miles Davis, Jack Segal, Johnny Mandel, Duncan Lamont, and Dave Frishberg, among others.

[ Sung: ] Next time you go on a trip,
Remember this little tip:
The minute you get back,
They'll ask you this and that,
You can describe people, places and things...
Simply unpack your adjectives.
You can do it with adjectives.
Tell them 'bout it with adjectives.
You can shout it with adjectives.

Better Half – It is customarily reserved for the wife, but it is a sweet nickname to call a girl that makes you feel complete.

The most expressive of jazz vocalists, Blossom Dearie 's first three records for Verve -- all masterpieces -- displayed an artist with an uncommon ability to transfer a well-worn standard into a new song, usually informed by her light touch with piano and voice as well as her delightful coquette persona. My Gentleman Friend , her final full-length for the label, suffers only in comparison to her previous work; with fewer all-time standards available from her performing repertoire, Dearie was forced to resort to a few French titles and many middle-rank or then-current standards. It doesn't come as a surprise, then, that the song with the most compositional weight -- George and Ira Gershwin 's "Someone to Watch Over Me" -- is the highlight. Dearie gracefully tiptoes through the classic, her reading rosy and meditative. Another Gershwin tune, "Little Jazz Bird," leads off the record with Dearie affecting her usual blend of warmth and insouciance. Aside from those two, the rest of the material is Blossom by numbers: simply average, forgettable songs given solid readings. The backing very nearly makes up for the lack of great compositions -- Dearie leads a quartet comprising her piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Ed Thigpen on drums.

Dearie's piano-playing was equally special; a flickering keyboard style of great restraint. It has been described as "muscular", though, that muscularity was more evident when you saw Dearie, because her fingers' precisely placed accents seemed just to prick the placid surface of her personality. It was this imperturbable aspect which set off the wit of Dave Frishberg's songs so effectively. There was Peel Me a Grape, My Attorney Bernie (When Bernie says we sue, we sue/When Bernie says we sign, we sign) and above all, I'm Hip. In these Dearie would wear no more than the hint of a smile.


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