Daryl Sherman is a young singer, pianist and composer, but on her delightful debut album, "I'm a DReamer (Aren't We all?)" she's chosen to sing mostly personal favorites from the '20s and '30s. In a warm, beguiling voice, she delivers the lyrics lovingly, without much fuss but with plenty of care and feeling.
Unless you're an ardent fan of American popular song, chances are you won't be familiar with the majority of these tunes, the obvious exceptions being "On a Slow Boat to China" and "I'm Beginning to See the Light." But after getting acquainted with such obscure Ellingtonia as "Take Love Easy," or the album's charming title tune, the first to showcase Sherman's gentle persuasion, don't be surprised if you find yourself sharing the sing's enthusiasm for these small gems.
The sensitive piano accompaniment provided by Mike Renzi, Dave McKenna and Sherman herself is an added plus. Best known for his work with Mel Torme, Renzi is particularly impressive on the one song Sherman wrote. "Forever Spring," where he brings a special grace and poignance to the lingering melody. McKenna, a solo pianist by inclination (and one of the best in jazz), is an old friend of Sherman, and his contributions are both supportive and inventive. That's true whether he's proceeding at an infectious swing tempo on "you're a Lucky Guy," or transforming "When Day is Done" into a poetic ballad.