Monday, April 28, 2008

Blossom Dearie and some proxy fun

One of the most distinctive voices in jazz over the last 40 years, Blossom Dearie, turns 82 today. She also happens to be one of my favourite jazz singers: she may not be a great scat singer with a powerful voice like Ella, but how can you not love that little girl voice of hers, coupled with her very personal way of delivering both standards and less well-known tunes.

Here are just a few of her remarkable tracks on
Blossom's Blues
'Deed I Do
I'm Hip

Those of you in US, you can actually listen to the above tracks in full; for those of you elsewhere, Canada for instance, here's just a little hint that I've been able to get (as well as napster web, and video streams like CSI full episodes on NBC website) working with the help of a nice little commercial socks proxy at for just $10/month. There's also a free plugin for Firefox called FoxyProxy which lets you enable a proxy only for certain predefined sites. There, I've said it.

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