Recording information: Penthouse Studios, N.Y.C., NY (04/29/1981-02/03/1983).
A superior swing singer and pianist, Daryl Sherman is heard on her earliest recordings as a leader on this CD reissue. The original 11 selections, recorded in 1983, are augmented by a previously unreleased version of "It's Bad for Me" and three numbers from 1981 that have never been out before. The latter has Sherman joined by cornetist Richard Sudhalter, pianist Mike Renzi, bassist Jay Leonhart, and drummer Fred Stoll, while the later dates feature Sherman accompanied by Renzi on six songs, Dave McKenna's piano on five, and her own playing on "Take Love Easy." The highlights include "You're a Lucky Guy," two versions of "On a Slow Boat to China," "When Day Is Done," and "Isn't It a Pity." Every Daryl Sherman recording is easily recommended to fans of the idiom, and this early effort is no exception. ~ Scott Yanow