The increasing frequency of Daryl Sherman’s recording activity is a welcome development of the late 1990s. She has several interesting albums in her discography, but A Lady Must Live is her piece de resistance. The singer addresses 13 superb songs by Kurt Weill, Harold Arlen, Rodgers and Hart, Cy Coleman, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. Some of them teeter on the edge of obscurity, but if this CD gets the exposure it deserves, Ms. Sherman may nudge back toward recognition songs like “One Life to Live,” “It’s Love I’m After” and the startling “A Lady Must Live,” with its explicit lyrics.
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