Sherri Roberts - Dreamsville

Sherri Roberts - Dreamsville
Genre: Jazz
Duration: 56:05
Recording Date: July, 1997 - November, 1997
Artist: Sherri Roberts
Album: Dreamsville
Release Date: October 27, 1998
Recording Location: Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, NY; Current Sounds, NY, NY; Wellhausen Studios, San Francisco, CA
Styles: Post-Bop, Standards

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.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Zoot Walks in (The Red Door) / Dave Frishberg / Gerry Mulligan / Zoot SimsSherri Roberts4:00
With a Song in My Heart / Lorenz Hart / Richard RodgersSherri Roberts5:16
Social Call / Gigi Gryce / Jon HendricksSherri Roberts4:59
Two Kites / Antônio Carlos JobimSherri Roberts6:07
Middle of the Night / George BassmanSherri Roberts3:53
Dreamsville / Ray Evans / Jay Livingston / Henry ManciniSherri Roberts4:07
People Will Say We're in Love / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersSherri Roberts4:13
How Little We Know / Hoagy Carmichael / Johnny MercerSherri Roberts4:07
Strange Meadowlark / Dave Brubeck / Meredith d'AmbrosioSherri Roberts4:25
I've Got Just About Everything / Bob DoroughSherri Roberts5:01
It Never Entered My Mind / Lorenz Hart / Richard RodgersSherri Roberts5:09
Dream Dancing / Cole PorterSherri Roberts4:48

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