Here's another fine release from Arbors, a label that, in my opinion, can do nothing wrong. This session is a marriage of jazz instrumentalists and a highly respected cabaret vocalist. Daryl Sherman is a singer who is equally at home with sensitive ballads or jumping jazz numbers. Dave McKenna is legendary among jazz pianists and has been around for decades.
The performers have chosen 17 compositions with great care and impeccable taste. You are treated to the works of Hoagy, Duke, Berlin, Noel Coward, the Gershwins, Gus Kahn, Dorothy Fields and other stars of Tin Pan Alley. Ms. Sherman has a flexible and infectious voice and couples it with a fine command of the piano. She accompanies herself on Perdido, Moonburn, Swingtime in Honolulu and 20th Century Blues, a little known tune by Noel Coward. The album celebrates the Centennials of Fred Astaire, Hoagy Carmichael, Noel Coward and Duke Ellington.
Dave McKenna was born in Woonsocket, RI in the year of 1930 and has worked with such stars as Charlie Ventura, Woody Herman, Bobby Hackett, Al Cohn, and Gene Krupa although he is better known as a soloist. Dave is capable of all jazz styles from stride to contemporary. I've always been a fan of his stride recordings. Like his former partner, trumpeter Bobby Hackett, McKenna has never played a bad note. The rhythm section is great as one would expect from these veterans of the jazz world.
I really like this new release and would love to hear more from this fine group.