Michelle Lordi, Dream A Little Dream (Michelle Lordi.com)
Ms. Lordi is a Philadelphian who for the most part remains in her native city and works with a cross-section of excellent musicians. She has superb taste in songs from times when stage, screen and radio encouraged quality popular music. In some respects her new album is refreshingly reminiscent of the LP era. It is made up of seven tracks and runs just short of a half hour. The brevity has the effect of calling special attention to the songs and to her clarity, centered intonation and intelligent lyric interpretation. The fine arrangements are by the veteran tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna. McKenna’s and trumpeter Jay Webb’s unison introduction to the title tune set the mood. It carries through to the firm, gentle swing of the concluding “This Time The Dream’s On Me.” This is a satisfying collection.