Sherry Williams & John Rodby | Just Us Two

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Just Us Two

by Sherry Williams & John Rodby

A classic pairing of Jazz singer and Pianist, caressing songs and verses from the Great American Songbook.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's a Lovely Day Today
Sherry Williams & John Rodby
3:09 $0.99
2. Social Call
Sherry Williams & John Rodby
3:02 $0.99
3. How Insensitive / If You Never Come to Me
Sherry Williams & John Rodby
4:03 $0.99
4. Yesterdays
Sherry Williams & John Rodby
6:22 $0.99
5. Since I Fell for You
Sherry Williams & John Rodby
5:26 $0.99
6. Night and Day
Sherry Williams & John Rodby
5:34 $0.99
7. When Sunny Gets Blue
Sherry Williams & John Rodby
5:31 $0.99
8. Almost Like Being in Love
Sherry Williams & John Rodby
3:00 $0.99
9. I'll Be Seeing You
Sherry Williams & John Rodby
5:11 $0.99
10. The Puppet Who Dances Be-Bop
Sherry Williams & John Rodby
3:50 $0.99
11. What'll I Do?
Sherry Williams & John Rodby
4:25 $0.99
12. Fly Me to the Moon
Sherry Williams & John Rodby
5:14 $0.99
13. I Keep Goin' Back to Joe's
Sherry Williams & John Rodby
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
I am eternally grateful for my years of collaboration with John Rodby. Since the 1980’s, John and I have worked together on various projects ranging from duo gigs to full orchestra performances. With a couple of exceptions, this is a collection of songs that we both love doing together, and have done for years. When you work together as long as we have, you develop a kind of short hand communication. Often, we decide on the spur of the moment to change the time signature or the style in which we do a song – or both. You cannot do that with everyone. I was once telling Jim Merod (educator, recording engineer, jazz archivist.) about a project that John and I were doing for Brit Week. It was a collection of Shakespeare song settings arranged by the late Sir John Dankworth for Dame Cleo Laine. I’d call it classical/jazz fusion. Jim remarked that John is my secret weapon. He is indeed… Thank you John, for all you have done for me.
“It’s a Lovely Day Today” is a shout out to a pal of mine who passed away a few years ago. She asked me to sing it at her funeral, which I did. She had such a great attitude. Imagine asking for that song at your funeral! It is a lovely day today Tosh, and I hope you enjoy our offering to you.
It was October of 1987. And I got a call to substitute for a pianist at the Breakers Hotel in Long Beach; backing a singer I had never heard of – Sherry Williams. The rhythm section was first rate, but the nicest surprise of all was Sherry herself, who phrased like a tenor sax player, was in total control of her material, and actually listened to what I was playing (she right away admonished me about playing a harmonic line a third higher on the bridge of “One Note Samba”). Gradually though, things mellowed into a terrific exchange of ideas, due to our depth of listening to one another and due to our mutual eclecticism. (We both like jazz, Latin, classical music etc.)

The economics of the business being what they were, we wound up doing many singer-pianist gigs, including a year and a half at the Warehouse in Marina del Rey and two years at Frankie’s in Temecula. Even after all this time, she still surprises me musically and the love of listening and experimenting is still very much alive in both of us. Also, I was responsible for corrupting her into singing tunes in 5/4.

The following is a collection of tunes we have both enjoyed performing over the years and one I think that represents a classic pairing of a singer and pianist. I hope that the joy we had in doing them provides the listener with the same sense of fun evident in this project.
Before his recent passing Sherry had been working on a project with the late Jack Segal (When Sunny Gets Blue) to re-record some of his lesser-known songs. She considers Jack and his music to be American treasure and will continue with the project. On this release she honors him with her rendition of his classic "When Sunny Gets Blue" and also sings "I Keep Goin' Back To Joe's" and "The Puppet Who Dances Be-Bop".
John Rodby is a musician's musician. He plays classical music and jazz with the same aplomb. He says it the result of a "misspent adulthood". Seriously, although he's conducted and played commercial music for TV and films, when he plays jazz, or classical music, the lines blur. It's just effortless artistry. He accompanies beautifully but steps forward when it's time to solo. Just Us Two is a great paring of singer and pianist.



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