Sherri Roberts: Lovely Days (2012)
Roberts possesses a sturdy contralto voice with little or no vibrato, a throwback to vocalists of the 1940s like Helen Merrill and Irene Kral. It is a voice that was made to sing "What'll I Do" and "Nice and Easy." Rodriguez proves to be the most gracious and effective accompanist of recent memory. His chops are considerable, dense in the vernacular, which he never allows to overwhelm what he may be playing at any given moment. On the old parlor favorite, "Heart and Soul," he sets up a gentle walking stride that Roberts easily navigates, recasting the song as a mid-tempo ballad of note. Rodriguez plays a rolling solo that frames well Roberts' vocal intentions.
The closest thing to hard core standards are "Like a Lover" and "Moon River," both of which are played without irony intended or not. Roberts delivers sincere performances of these songs, ably supported and complemented by Rodrigeuz's light touch on the piano.
Track Listing: It’s a Lovely Day Today/ Isn’t it a Lovely Day; Nice ‘N’ Easy; Soon It’s Gonna Rain; Heart and Soul; We Kiss in a Shadow/ I Have Dreamed; Our Love Rolls On; I’m All Smiles; Come Dance With Me; Like A Lover; Moon River; Hit The Road To Dreamland.
Personnel: Sherri Roberts: Vocals; Bliss Rodriguez: Piano.
Record Label: Blue House Productions