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Sherri Roberts: Lovely Days

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Across three previous albums, San Francisco-based vocalist Sherri Roberts has consistently favored groups of seven or eight. This time around, she opts for a more intimate approach, traversing 14 standards in the sole company of pianist Bliss Rodriguez. The songs, says the 50-something Roberts, are touchstones, evoking memories of her musical youth: plunking out “Heart and Soul” at the family piano; learning “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” and the entire Fantasticks score from a favorite camp counselor; watching Perry Como croon “It’s a Lovely Day Today” on TV; thrilling to Yul Brynner’s career-defining performance in The King and I; learning “Moon River” from Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

They were, as the title suggests, lovely days for Roberts, and her gentle reminiscing makes for a lovely hour of music. As a singer, Roberts has always delivered the straight goods: flourish-free readings that are pure, strong and potent. In Roberts, the shimmer of Doris Day is tempered by just enough Julie London smokiness to keep things interesting.

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