Teach Me Tonight

Teach Me Tonight

by Blossom Dearie
     
 

Aside from the music-loving Japanese, few countries have been up to the task of compiling the irrepressible Blossom Dearie. The British él label, however, offered a wonderful 2009 collection titled Teach Me Tonight that, while not the perfect first choice, offers an excellent companion to her self-titled 1957 debut (one of the best vocal LPs of its era).…  See more details below

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Aside from the music-loving Japanese, few countries have been up to the task of compiling the irrepressible Blossom Dearie. The British él label, however, offered a wonderful 2009 collection titled Teach Me Tonight that, while not the perfect first choice, offers an excellent companion to her self-titled 1957 debut (one of the best vocal LPs of its era). Included here are the complete contents of her second and third albums, Give Him the Ooh-La-La and Once Upon a Summertime, recorded at a pair of two-day sessions in early 1957 and 1958, respectively (oddly, the later date appears first). Verve head Norman Granz featured Dearie in her ideal setting, a small and tight rhythm section including, variously, Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis or Mundell Lowe on guitar, and Ed Thigpen or Jo Jones on drums. Although her debut remains the gold standard for Blossom Dearie LPs, these two are close competition, with Dearie providing her eccentric and intriguing interpretations of increasingly shopworn standards. As a bonus, the 25th track is a 1952 version of "Moody's Mood for Love," recorded with James Moody himself.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2009
Label:
El Records
UPC:
5013929316737
catalogNumber:
167

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Tracks

  1. Tea for Two
  2. The Surrey with the Fringe on Top
  3. Moonlight Saving Time
  4. It Amazes Me
  5. If I Were a Bell
  6. We're Together
  7. Teach Me Tonight
  8. Once Upon a Summertime
  9. Down with Love
  10. Manhattan
  11. Doop-Doo-De-Doop (A Doodlin' Song)
  12. Our Love Is Here to Stay
  13. Just One of Those Things
  14. Like Someone in Love
  15. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  16. They Say It's Spring
  17. Try Your Wings
  18. Bang Goes the Drum (And You're in Love)
  19. The Riviera
  20. The Middle of Love
  21. Plus Je T'Embrasse
  22. Give Him the Ooh-La-La
  23. Let Me Love You
  24. I Walk a Little Faster
  25. I'm in the Mood for Love

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blossom Dearie   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Leonard Gaskin   Bass
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Ray Abrams   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Brown   Bass
Lem Davis   Alto Saxophone
Teacho Wiltshire   Piano
Merrill Stepter   Trumpet
Teddy Lee   Drums
Jo Jones All Stars   Drums

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Richman   Composer
Marty Clark   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Bob Haymes   Composer
David Heneker   Composer
Peter Maurice   Composer
Edouard Ruault   Composer
Ben Ryan   Composer
Michael Barr   Composer
Don Elliot   Composer
Christopher Evans   Liner Notes
Bart Howard   Composer

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