Happy New Year to you and your families! I hope 2010 turns out to be very special and brings you happiness, success and lots of great new music!
GF's post a few down brought to my attention the fact that 2009 saw the demise of a lady whose music I have loved over the years. The improbably named Blossom Dearie left us at the age of 84 in February. It was my father who made me listen to her at first and what strikes one initially is the careless brilliance of her vocal interpretation. It's a candy floss voice which is almost too sweet to be true and yet very pure and totally unforced. She was also a classically trained pianist and converted effortlessly to jazz. Her accompaniments are delicate, spare and leave just enough room for her voice. She's at her best when interpreting the incisive lyrics of the likes of Cole Porter or Irving Caesar. She was apparently no mean wit herself and this, linked to her clarity of interpretation mean that she injects the right amount of verve and irony into each line. You can read her obit in the New York Times here.
Here's a small selection of some of her interpretations.
RIP Lady Blossom...