Throughout her career, Sylvia Syms (1924-1992) was considered a singer's singer. She was a mainstay of the supper-club circuit and sustained a second career in musical comedies. Her roots, however, were in jazz, particularly the heady sounds she heard while hanging out on 52nd Street as a teenager and meeting such friends as Billie Holiday (she bought Lady Day her first gardenia), Benny Carter, and Art Tatum. Several of her albums featured jazz musicians, including the two she cut for Prestige in the Sixties (hear Sylvia Is!, OJCCD-775-2); but this session, where the bulk of her support is provided by the band of organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith, is one of Syms's most unique. The program is varied, including hits of the time by the Beatles, Dusty Springfield, and Stevie Wonder, plus such timeless gems as "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "Don't Take Your Love from Me."
with Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini, Jerome Richardson, Sam Bruno, Bobby Rosengarden, Johnny "Hammond" Smith, Thornel Schwartz, Charles Wellesley, John Harris, Richard Landrum