Sherri Roberts and Bliss Rodriguez
San Francisco vocalist Sherri Roberts is joined by pianist Bliss Rodriguez for a delightful recording of jazz-laced pop vocals from the American songbook, show tunes and Brazilian bossa nova, Lovely Days (Blue House).
Roberts has a lovely voice whose intonation and phrasing captures the longing of the ballad What I'll Do, as well as the innocence of the Irving Berlin lyric of It's a Lovely Day Today, which segues into another Berlin song, Isn't It a Lovely Day. Rodriguez's accompaniments complement Roberts' vocals and the under-recorded pianist gets to display his deft lyricism in the solos he crafts throughout.
It’s a charming program from the understated rendition of Nice and Easy (one of two songs done as a homage to Shirley Horn), the appealing Soon It's Gonna Rain from the Off-Broadway perennial The Fantasticks, along with the romanticism of Heart and Soul, Dave Frishberg's Our Love Rolls On, and Mancini classic Moon River.
Lovely Days showcases Sherri Roberts' engaging singing and Bliss Rodriguez's splendid piano resulting in a very entertaining recording.
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