Sherri Roberts emerged in the late 1990s as one of the most potentially significant of the more straight-ahead jazz singers. Other than "Middle of the Night" (a song from a 1959 film that Nina Simone later recorded), the selections on this CD, her second, are all standards, but they are generally underplayed tunes.
Roberts proves to be expert at picking out superior numbers; her continually enjoyable date includes such gems as "Zoot Walks In," Gigi Gryce's "Social Call," "How Little We Know," Bob Dorough's "I've Got Just About Everything," and the definitive rendition of Henry Mancini's "Dreamsville." Although Roberts is a fine scat singer, it is her warm interpretations of lyrics that make her release most notable.
She is assisted by pianist Mark Soskin, bassist Harvie Swartz, drummer Danny Gottlieb, Chris Potter on tenor and soprano and (on a few numbers) cellist Erik Friedlander, violinist Gregor Hubner and percussionist Memo Acevedo. Careful attention was paid to varying tempos and moods, and the result is a highly recommended effort by a very appealing singer.
|Zoot Walks in (The Red Door) / Dave Frishberg / Gerry Mulligan / Zoot Sims||Sherri Roberts||4:00|
|With a Song in My Heart / Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers||Sherri Roberts||5:16|
|Social Call / Gigi Gryce / Jon Hendricks||Sherri Roberts||4:59|
|Two Kites / Antônio Carlos Jobim||Sherri Roberts||6:07|
|Middle of the Night / George Bassman||Sherri Roberts||3:53|
|Dreamsville / Ray Evans / Jay Livingston / Henry Mancini||Sherri Roberts||4:07|
|People Will Say We're in Love / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard Rodgers||Sherri Roberts||4:13|
|How Little We Know / Hoagy Carmichael / Johnny Mercer||Sherri Roberts||4:07|
|Strange Meadowlark / Dave Brubeck / Meredith d'Ambrosio||Sherri Roberts||4:25|
|I've Got Just About Everything / Bob Dorough||Sherri Roberts||5:01|
|It Never Entered My Mind / Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers||Sherri Roberts||5:09|
|Dream Dancing / Cole Porter||Sherri Roberts||4:48|