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Guess Who’s in Town!

Arbors Jazz ARCD 19341



1. Love You Madly
2. I Concentrate On You
3. Then I'll Be Tired of You
4. Guess Who's in Town
5. Carolina in the Morning
6. Tennessee Fish Fry
7. Angel Eyes
8. Lullaby of Birdland
9. Underneath the Arches
10 Welcome To Manhattan
11. Embraceable You
12. Like a Puzzle
13. Don't Worry 'bout Me
14. Someday Sweetheart
15. Dream Awhile
Daryl Sherman - Vocals, piano
Harry Allen - Tenor sax (tracks 3, 9, 10)
Vince Giordano - Bass sax (tracks 4, 9, 14)
Jon Wheatley – Guitar
Dave Green – Bass (tracks 1-12, 14, 15)
Jay Leonhart - Bass (track 13)

There are plenty of echoes in a Daryl Sherman performance. Her little-girl-lost voice conjures up comparisons with Rose Murphy and Blossom Dearie, while the fact that she accompanies herself at the piano puts her in a long line of lady vocalists who provide their own accompaniment – the most notable recent example being Diana Krall.

Yet Daryl is unique, particularly in the way she considers and savours every word of a lyric, telling a story as if for the first time. An unusually slow version of Carolina in the Morning is a good example of the way that she is never over-emphatic but lets the songs speak for themselves. A possible criticism is that the minimal accompaniment from bass and guitar in I Concentrate on You reveals some flaws in Daryl’s pitching. Her intonation is sometimes imprecise but her intimate delivery wins the listener over. And her piano playing is no mere backing but an attraction in its own right. For example, hear her unhackneyed approach to Lullaby of Birdland (the only instrumental on the album), including a cheeky quotation from Love Me or Leave Me.

Another winning feature is Daryl’s choice of material, ranging from the familiar to the virtually unknown. Did you ever think you would hear on a jazz album a song by British music-hall icons Flanagan & Allen? Surprisingly, Underneath the Arches works very well and even includes the seldom-heard verse. Variety is further enhanced by guest appearances from Harry Allen with his eloquent Getzian tenor sax and Vince Giordano on the very deep bass sax. In fact the bass sax may be an unwise choice, as it seems the polar opposite of Daryl’s high voice and the incongruity may arouse a smile in a tune like Someday Sweetheart.

Daryl recently toured Britain with Bostonian guitarist Jon Wheatley and British bassist Dave Green and their mutual empathy is evident throughout the album. In a world full of mediocre singers who are indistinguishable from one another, Daryl Sherman stands out as an individual - and very likeable - vocalist.

Tony Augarde

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