Blossom Dearie: They Say It's Spring

Track

They Say It's Spring

Artist

Blossom Dearie (vocals)

CD

Give Him the Ooh-La-La (Verve 314 517 067-2)

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Musicians:

Blossom Dearie (vocals), Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), Jo Jones (drums).

Recorded: New York, September 12, 1957

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Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Confronted with Blossom Dearie, jazz fans divide faster than a cell undergoing cytokinesis. Either you find her kittenishly enchanting or insufferably coy. Call us pushovers for adorable felines, but we're enchanted. Her wispy voice, which wouldn’t carry without a mike across a cocktail napkin, is deceptive. Far from being baby-chick helpless, this grown chick is a survivor. Her heart's been broken, alright. More than once. But throw in the towel? Fat chance! Listen to Blossom make this tender, little-known song wistfully her own. And when she concludes, "It wasn't spring, 'twas you," it's we whose hearts break. Blossom springs eternal.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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