Boomkat Product Review:
A delightful collection of jazz standards sung by cult chanteuse Blossom Dearie. As it so happens, this release arrives just a couple of weeks on from the death of the singer, who filled a sizeable chunk of her 84 years lending her utterly unique unique voice to a huge catalogue of recordings. Dearie's key recordings were made for the Verve label in the 1950s, but she sang on stage right up until 2006, only succumbing to retirement due to the onset of ill health. "When Blossom Dearie first emerged as a solo artist she was already unique in many ways. Straightaway there was that voice - kittenish, intimate, coquettish and understated where so many other jazz divas were straining to belt out every song. With the fascinating 1957-58 albums Give Him the Ooh-la-la and Once Upon a Summertime Blossom finds a unique, light, refined niche on the pop side of jazz. Ray Brown remains for the 1958 set with Herb Ellis and Jo Jones replaced by Mundell Lowe and Ed Thigpen."