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Sherri Roberts CD Reviews
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Lovely Days
Blue House Recordings /
Pacific Coast Jazz 2013
catalogue # PJ71002

This is not an album of singer backed by a pianist. Instead, it's really a rare vocal/piano duo session. With her warm & bright voice, Sherri dialogues with Bliss Rodriguez, who plays in an impeccable and very sophisticated way throughout the CD. Highlights: "What'll I Do" (Irving Berlin), "Nice 'N' Easy" (Lew Spence-Alan & Marilyn Bergman), Michael Leonard's sumptuous waltz "I'm All Smiles" (from the 1965 Broadway show "The Yearling" and later covered by Bill Evans on his underrated 1970 album with Leonard, "From Left To Right"), and Sherri's top performance on the album, "Soon It's Gonna Rain" (Harvey Schmidt-Tom Jones).

There's also an excellent take on Dave Frishberg's "Our Love Rolls On," recorded by the composer on his 1983 LP "The Dave Frishberg Vol.2" for Bill Goodwin's now-defunct Omnisound label. "I originally wrote this for a Burt Reynolds mov-ie," says Dave. "Later, when I saw the movie, I understood why they didn't buy it. The song was totally inappropriate. Nevertheless, I still think of it as 'The Theme From Sharkey's Machine'". Sherri & Bliss do a wonderful job that certainly would make Dave proud.

Arnaldo DeSouteiro
May 27, 2013,
Jazz Station Vocal CD of the Month

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