Mississippi Belle


  1. Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)
  2. Get Out Of Town
  3. Ours
  4. Rosalie
  5. Tale Of The Oyster
  6. Use Your Imagination
  7. By The Mississinewah
  8. Looking At You
  9. From This Moment On
  10. Mississippi Belle
  11. Who Want’s To Be A Millionaire?
  12. Where Have You Been?
  13. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To

Daryl Sherman: vocals, piano
Jesse Boyd, Bass
Tom Fischer, Clarinet/Tenor sax
special guest, Banu Gibson, (vocal/Track 7)

Daryl Sherman Mississippi Belle (Audiophile ACD 342) — Your CD was so filled with joy and good music. I loved the way you took the songs I know and made them fresh as a daisy (to quote Cole). And Mississippi Belle is a substantial song in your hands. I would wager that the Porter folks are ecstatic and I am as well. Thanks so much for finding and singing it. There’s still lot’s more to heard from this songbook isn’t there?

Michael Feinstein

Daryl Sherman Mississippi Belle (Audiophile ACD 342) — Thanks for sending the CD. How wonderfully you make each song sound different, giving credit to Porter’s wide range of styles. I loved your duet with Banu and wish you two could have done more. Your “Let’s Do It” is the best I’ve heard, managing to compress that long list into a listenable song format. “Looking at You” increasingly becomes my favorite Porter song, and your version adds to the pressure. I also love the way you bring off “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” as a solo number. Thanks too for giving those lesser known “party” songs, such the “Oyster,” a hip contemporary rendition. Will definitely use one of your cuts on the show. P.S. Joining the verse from “Night and Day” to “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” was brilliant. Take the rest of the day off.

Philip Furia – WHQR 91.3 FM The Great American Song Book author: Poets Of Tin Pan Alley, Skylark (Life and Times of Johnny Mercer

Daryl Sherman Mississippi Belle (Audiophile ACD 342) — One of the most entertaining of musicians, Daryl Sherman has a fully deserved worldwide reputation as a fine jazz pianist and singer… To her interpretations of all the songs, Daryl brings her unmistakable charm and wit, cloaking everything in her superb musicianship. Read the full review.

Bruce Crowther, Jazz (mostly)

Daryl Sherman Mississippi Belle: Cole Porter in the Quarter — Having spent 14 years playing Cole Porter’s actual Steinway in the Cocktail Terrace of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria there can be few of today’s songbirds more suited to interpreting the music and lyrics of Cole Porter than Daryl Sherman. Read the full review.

Lance Liddle, bebop spoken here


Mississippi Belle: Cole Porter in the Quarter — It had to happen sooner or later. After playing on the Cole Porter piano at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City for almost 15 years, DARYL SHERMAN has released an album of songs by the talented gentleman who owned the piano in question. For the recording of Mississippi Belle: Cole Porter in the Quarter (Audiophile – 342), Sherman opted to travel down to New Orleans, engage Jesse Boyd on bass, and Tom Fischer on clarinet and tenor sax, and explore 13 Porter gems. In choosing tunes for her program, she used her imagination, selecting familiar songs, “Let’s Do It,” “Get out of Town,” “Rosalie,” “Looking at You,” “From This Moment On” and “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To;” some that are heard occasionally, “Tale of the Oyster,” “Use Your Imagination,” “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Where Have You Been;” a few truly obscure, “Ours” and “By the Mississinewah;” and one never previously recorded, “Mississippi Belle.” An added bonus is the appearance of Banu Gibson, a fine jazz vocalist and New Orleans institution, as a duet partner on “By the Mississinewah.” Sherman’s intimate vocal style, fabulous phrasing and inventive self accompaniment on piano are combined with the fine musicianship of her cohorts to produce an album that would surely have pleased Mr. Porter, and will have a similar effect on his legions of admirers.

Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz, February 2012


Porter in the Quarter
sounds just as it oughta,
A dose of Daryl and Gibson
should be free on prescription.
Rosalie and Mississip’ Belle
would make anyone well.
Whilst, Let’s Do It and Ours,
are as fresh as Spring flowers
and Who wants to be a Millionaire,
is wonderous fare.
Your CD as a whole
does real justice to Cole.
Your gift you will perceive
was a delight to receive.

Mile Pinfold — Jazz Yorkshire/Howden

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