Daryl Sherman

Celebrating Mildred Bailey and Red Norvo

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The talented swing singer Daryl Sherman and vibraphonist John Cocuzzi pay tribute to Mildred Bailey and Red Norvo on this very enjoyable CD. Sherman does a superlative job of emulating "The Rockin' Chair Lady" without needing to change her own basic approach much on some of Bailey's greatest hits, plus a few obscurities. "Georgia on My Mind" and "Rockin' Chair" are effectively combined in a medley, the spirit of Bailey's saucy rendition of "Squeeze Me" is re-created, "It's So Peaceful in the Country" is wistful, and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" really swings. Cocuzzi (whose sound is somewhere between Norvo and Lionel Hampton) takes some fine solos, but the spectacular trumpeter Randy Sandke (reminding one of both Bunny Berigan and Charlie Shavers) steals the show every time he appears. Trombonist Randy Reinhart and clarinetist Bobby Gordon also fare well, and both "The Man I Love" (which has a memorable Sandke-Reinhart tradeoff) and "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" are taken as instrumentals. But it is Daryl Sherman's wonderful singing that makes this a particularly memorable outing.

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