Let’s Get Serious
Written by Barry O’Sullivan
In a world in desperate need of happy music, the arrival of a new recording from the USA-based Australian vocalist Gemma Sherry capably revives one’s soul with a vocal elixir. The album, a collection of joyful, familiar songs, brings on board a band of standout musicians. It includes Grammy nominated guitarist Paul Bollenbeck, pianist Rick Germanson, and George Coleman Jr. on drums as the core of the cadre, with vibraphonist Joseph Doubleday and double bassist Eric Wheeler welcomed to brighten the musical palette. Sherry’s vocal qualities shine on the slow tempo numbers Try Your Wings and Go Away Little Boy, delivered with a sumptuous vibrato. Other well-known song inclusions stand the test of time, as classics do, and the lesser-known ones, The Gentleman is a Dope, and The Alley Cat Song are real gems shining amongst this bejewelled collection. Sherry polishes them up vocally and transports them on a skilful new outing embellished with style and fun. Enjoy it by the pool with a martini, or by the fire with a glass of red.
You won’t be disappointed with the sonic satisfaction this album delivers.