To the extent that he is known, it's as the "funny" [Dave Frishberg], the clever composer who, since the early '70s, has offered up such tunes as "I'm Hip," "Quality Time," "My Attorney Bernie," "I Was Ready" and "Blizzard of Lies," light-handed dissections of contemporary manners and chronicles of misguided romance that traffic in biting humor. (The flip side of Frishberg's compositional nature slips out in ballads that leaven sentiment with wit, such as "Do You Miss New York?" and "Dear Bix," dedicated to the doomed cornet player Bix Beiderbecke.) In covering Frishberg, [Diana Krall] came late to the game; terrific renditions of his gems can be found on earlier recordings by Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn and Rosemary Clooney, among others.
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