Blossom & Bee

Blossom & Bee is a studio album by American jazz singer Sara Gazarek released on June 19, 2012 by Palmetto Records. All the tracks are cover versions except "Blossom & Bee," which Gazarek wrote with producer Larry Goldings and Bill DeMain, and "Fly Away Birdie," which she wrote with pianist Josh Nelson. Seven of the twelve songs on this album have been recorded by Blossom Dearie. The album debuted No. 18 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart.[1]

Blossom & Bee
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 19, 2012
RecordedOctober 26–28, 2011
GenreJazz
Length55:48
LabelPalmetto
ProducerLarry Goldings
Sara Gazarek chronology
Return to You
(2007)
Blossom & Bee
(2012)

Critical receptionEdit

Blossom & Bee received positive reviews. C. Michael Bailey from All About Jazz wrote ".. truly exceptional ... an inventive coupling of the old and new."[2] Brent Black from CriticalJazz gave 5 stars, writing: "A flawless recording by all participants, and easily one of the most impressive releases of the year, across any genre. 5 huge stars!"[3] Andrea Canter from Jazz Police praised the album "...if Sara Gazarek's earlier recordings signaled the potential of a mighty talent, then her latest confirms her place at the top..."[4] Mark S. Tucker from FAME wrote "...get in on the secret before it ignites a wave of astonished approval from all corners."[5]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ev'rything I've Got"Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart3:26
2."Blossom & Bee"Larry Goldings, Sara Gazarek, Bill DeMain3:36
3."Fly Away Birdie"Gazarek, Josh Nelson4:31
4."The Luckiest"Ben Folds4:19
5."Down with Love"Harold Arlen, E. Y. "Yip" Harburg4:46
6."Lucky to Be Me"Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green5:33
7."Tea for Two"Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar6:10
8."I'm Old Fashioned"Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer5:01
9."So This Is Love"Mack David, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston4:14
10."The Lies of Handsome Men"Francesca Blumenthal5:36
11."Some of These Days"Shelton Brooks4:49
12."Unpack Your Adjectives"George Newall3:46

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Billboard Jazz Albums[1] 18

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Blossom & Bee - Sara Gazarek". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  2. ^ Bailey, C. Michael. "Sara Gazarek:"Blossom & Bee", jazz review by C. Michael Bailey". All About Jazz. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Black, Brent. "@CriticalJazz: Sara Gazarek Blossom & Bee Palmetto 2012". CriticalJazz. Archived from the original on June 6, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  4. ^ Canter, Andrea. "Jazz Police - Sara Gazarek:"Blossom & Bee"(2012, Palmetto)". Jazz Police. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Tucker, Mark S. "FAME Review: Sara Gazarek - Blossom & Bee". acousticmusic.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012.