Preliminary remarks:

Not from the pictured LP, but very blue too is Kenny Dorham’s  Blue Spring Shuffle with Kenny Dorham, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers & Art Taylor (November 13, 1959).

It’s taken from the original LP Quiet Kenny, which is a must-have classic (as is the pictured Blue Spring album from early 1959).

Considering the fact that Chet Baker has recorded also a rather slow album in January 1959 (also with Paul Chambers by the way!), it seems to me that 1959 was a very blue year. Final proof? — Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue is also from 1959.

This very year should be renamed to…

The-Kind-Of-Blue-Spring-And-Chet-Takes-A-Time-Out-Year 😉

Further explanation: Chet resumed his career in Italy in September & the Dave Brubeck Quartet recorded the other million-selling jazz album Time Out between June & August 1959.

Blog owner’s note: This is a post from ages ago. All dates and events are related to April 2009.


I’ve compiled all songs in a playlist for your convenience. It will open in a new window, and so, you can read along while listening.



Spring Is Here with Maxine Sullivan, one of the almost forgotten songbirdies of the 1930’s and 40’s. Here she sings with Claude Thornhill in 1938.


It was Holy Friday, dear folks, a day for contemplation and soul-searching. So, I decided to post some seasonal songs, but the melancholy ones, Spring Songs which came to my mind, and which I would like to share with you.

We continue with one of my favorites, one of the eternal ballads on Spring, sung by Jackie Cain who got supported here by her husband, the late Roy Kral at the piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass and Shelly Manne on drums. They recorded Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most in May 1955.

Since this thread of Spring is slightly delayed, how about Helen Merrill’s Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year? — Now, isn’t this a beautiful song?

The same with Margaret Whiting and It Might As Well Be Spring, which is not exactly a Spring song since it only says It *Might* As Well *Be* Spring. Young Sassy here, with the John Kirby Orchestra in 1946.

April is gone, but I remember it dearly. (Did you know that this was the warmest April ever since we have weather records? — But politics and science are no topics of this blog.)

I’ll Remember April anyway, and I do it with Caterina Valente and Chet Baker who did it in Baden-Baden, 1956. — If Caterina likes to be reminded on that session? I doubt that somehow, since this and the other duet she did with Chet are rarely issued today.

I will post Every Time We Say Goodbye later on. (Blog owner’s note: Link to Marc Myers’ latest JazzWax article on Caterina’s & Chet’s encounter added. There you will find Cole Porter’s famous ballad).

Dick Haymes, who was the only serious competitor of Frank Sinatra in the 1940’s, introduced It Might As Well Be Springin the film State Fair, 1945.

He did that with bravura, and if he wouldn’t have hit the bottle too often, he would have made it really.


Where Flamingos Fly with Martha Tilton will be the last one before we are all invited to do some Spring Cleaning with Fats Waller & His Rhythm.

So It’s Spring with Jackie Cain & Bill Holman (1957) is added as a swingin’ toung-in-cheek P.S. 🙂

All the songs appear on the following CD’s:

Maxine Sullivan, Jackie & Roy, Helen Merrill, Margaret Whiting, Sarah Vaughan #1 & #2, Caterina Valente & Chet Baker, Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes, Martha Tilton, Thomas “Fats” Waller

ⓒ Bruno Leicht, April 2009 & 2012

Another P.S., because I love that song so very much:

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