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Nicki Parrott – Dear Blossom – Arbours Records

Nicki Parrott – Dear Blossom – Arbours Records

Nicki Parrott – Dear Blossom – Arbours Records ARCD 19453 58:02 ****: An immensely satisfying release. ( Nicki Parrott – vocals & bass; Chris Grasso – piano except track 4; Chuck Redd – vibes tracks 1,2,5,6,10,11,12,14; Lenny Robinson drums except tracks 4,13; Engelbert Wrobel – clarinet & tenor sax tracks 3,6,9,12; Vince Cherico – percussion tracks 1,5,14; Warren Vaché – cornet track 4) Diminutive in stature and voice, Blossom Dearie was a one of a kind performer who delivered solid piano accompaniment behind her pixie-like voice. Dearie, who died in 2009, had some early success when she moved to Paris in 1952 and began a singing group called the Blue Stars (of which Bob Dorough was a part) and that group ultimately morphed into the Swingle Singers. Later in her career, she performed regularly in New York City supper clubs. Bassist and vocalist Nicki Parrott, while in no way trying to emulate Blossom Dearie, has delivered an immensely satisfying release called Dear Blossom that focusses on songs that were either written by or closely associated with her. Parrott has light, breezy voice that is perfectly suited to this Dearie material starting with “I Wish You Love” which is done in […]