I'm a Dreamer

Gale Robbins

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I'm a Dreamer Review

by Jason Ankeny

Sometimes the most refreshing updates of familiar standards come from the most unexpected sources, and that's certainly the case with I'm a Dreamer. Although Gale Robbins never earned the fame or renown awarded other pinups of the late 1950s, this pairing with the Eddie Cano Orchestra is an absolute delight. Though by no means a powerhouse vocalist, Robbins knows her way around a melody, and her torchy, after-hours approach lends new maturity and sophistication to familiar fare like "Them There Eyes," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," and "Ain't Misbehavin'." But the real star of the session is Cano, whose vivid arrangements frame the songs from appealing and unique perspectives. The record glows with energy and warmth.

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