Personnel: Blossom Dearie (vocals, piano); Mundell Lowe, Herb Ellis, Kenny Burrell (guitar); Ray Brown, Jeff Clyne (bass); Ed Thigpen, John Butts, Jo Jones (drums).
Producer: Norman Granz.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between 1956 & 1966. Includes liner notes by Alexander Gelfand.
This is part of Verve's Diva Series.
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.) ~ John Bush