(Harkit Records HRKCD 8055)
Interview with Blossom
Blossom with Tony Crombie and Alan Haven
Stan Getz in London
Stan Getz CD Review
The Grass is Greener • I Wish You Love • Watch What Happens • Bright Lights, Big City • On Broadway • Sweet Lover No More • Satin Doll • The Great City • I Only Miss Him When I Think Of Him • Sweet Georgie Fame • That's No Joke • You're Gonna Hear From Me • One Note Samba • Peel Me A Grape • The Shadow Of Your Smile • When In Rome
vocals and piano; Freddie Logan, bass; Allan Ganley, drums.
One thing that endears Blossom to me is that she always sings such beautifully romantic songs. She sings them sweetly, like the girl next door, not at all romantically, but with a pure innocence that makes you want to crush her in your arms, to protect her from all evil. That's what I feel when I listen to her, at any rate. And look at her picture up aboveisn't she gorgeous?
Having got that off my chest, now to things in hand. On this CD she plays some very good jazz, at times really inspired jazz. No delicate tinkling behind her vocals. She storms away on The Great City with percussive fillins and goes right into a swinging chorus after the vocal that inspires Allan Ganley into some explosive fill-ins of his own. In Satin Doll the two of them get into a hot duet, a question and answer routine that really shakes the place. Freddie Logan provides a solid bass throughout, plus some interesting solosthe one in I Wish You Love gets so emotional that it almost sounds as if the bass is singing the lyric.
Blossom is singing all of my favourites on this session. She saves my very best favourite of all, The Shadow of Your Smile, for near the end, saying that it's her's too. Then she breathes the first line so incredibly delightfully that it's just as if an angel has come down to whisper in your ear...
With all of the romantic lyrics this girl is pouring out, there is no hint of suggestion in her delivery. She tends to throw away some of the leading phrases almost carelessly. She doesn't really care, she seems to say, whether you love her or notif you are interested, evenand this makes her all the more desirable. OhBlossom is wicked!
This is night music. Turn
the lights low, close your eyes and dream. Blossom is there, beside you,
and she is singing to you alone.
DISTRIBUTION PINNACLE RECORDS LTD.
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