Album: Blossom Dearie, Four Classic Albums Plus (Avid)

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The divine Miss D, who died in February aged 84, was a singer-vocalist of supreme wit and subtlety who combined camp charm with expert swing. This fabulous-value double CD collects together four LPs from the 1950s with a bonus version of King Pleasure's peerless bop vocal "I'm in the Mood for Love", on which Blossom has a brief cameo. Ray Brown, Herb Ellis and Jo Jones are among the backing trios; she sings partly in French; you swoon.

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