by Diana Ross
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Long before Linda Ronstadt or Natalie Cole delved into the Great American Songbook, Diana Ross took the plunge during her Oscar-nominated turn as Billie Holiday in the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues. Her vocal interpretations on the soundtrack amply proved that, despite her pop beginnings, the former Supreme had a genuine feel for jazz. Though she went on to record this follow-up album, Blue languished in a vault for 30 years. (Rumors abound that Motown chief Berry Gordy, then Ross's paramour, felt she was straying too far from her Top 40 roots and shelved the project.) Accompanied by many of the same musicians who'd played alongside Holiday, including trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ross's singing on Blue subtly swings, whether she's infusing sly seduction into a string-caressed reading of Cole Porter's "Let's Do It" or affecting a slight growl amid the swanky arrangements of "T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness if I Do." And when she's not darting amid the vibes dotting a snappy rendition of "Love Is Here to Stay," Ross's yearning phrasing helps to conjure romantic images of a late-night rendezvous on the Benny Green-flavored guitar peppering "Can't Get Started with You." Blue is as relevant today as when it was recorded, and shows how multifaceted this dynamic diva really is.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2006
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602498870037
catalogNumber: 000569402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Diana Ross   Primary Artist
Gil Askey   Conductor

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Gil Askey   Producer
Toots Camarata   Composer
Guy Costa   Engineer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Porter Grainger   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Bill MacMeeken   Engineer
Larry Miles   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Art Stewart   Engineer
Russ Terrana   Engineer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes
Albert Willemetz   Composer
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Bill Carey   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Harry Langdon   Cover Photo
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Jacques Charles   Composer
Channing Pollack   Composer
Everett Robbins   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
Sidney Keith Russell   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
John B. Norman   Engineer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Producer,Artwork
Cal Harris   Engineer
Richard Jacques   Composer
Bernard Yuffy   Composer
Charles Daniels   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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Blue 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Smooth, touching vocals and melodies makes this the the best we've heard from Ross since Touch Me in the Morning
Anonymous More than 1 year ago