Blossom Dearie: Tea for Two


Tea for Two


Blossom Dearie (vocals, piano)


Once Upon a Summertime (Verve 517 223-2)

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Blossom Dearie (vocals, piano), Ray Brown (bass), Ed Thigpen (drums).

Recorded: New York, September 12-13, 1958


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Strangely enough, Blossom Dearie (accompanied by only herself at the piano) sings the verse of this song at a swifter tempo than the rest. Easy, since the rest is sung and played at a very, very slow tempo. But what's not easy is to swing at such a slow tempo—unless one has Ray Brown's burnished bass sound and Ed Thigpen's delicate brushwork by your side. And in this setting listeners can fully enjoy Blossom's exquisite phrasing of the words to a song they may well rediscover, thanks to her.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

Composed by Vincent Youmans & Irving Caesar

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