RAINY DAZE

Blossom Dearie: I Like London in the Rain
From That’s Just the Way I Want To Be (Fontana, 1970)

I was originally turned onto this incredibly funky jazz song by DJ Monk One’s Monk’s Dream from last year. It’s such an aberration: a breakbeat laced production on an otherwise decent but not all that remarkable vocal album by the high-pitched Dearie. Did the rhythm section just decide between themselves, “screw this loungey stuff, let’s kick it funky?” This isn’t about to make Marva Whitney seem tame or anything but hey, apparently even Blossom Dearie can bloom into a soul sister for a song.

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