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Twilight World

by Sherri Roberts

"In this impressively warm and lyrical debut" (San Francisco Bay Guardian), vocalist Sherri leads a top jazz ensemble with " a beautifully articulate voice that instrumentally falls somewhere between Chet Baker and Stan Getz," (Jazz Now Magazine).
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Twilight World
4:28 album only
2. I Remember You
3:00 album only
3. Very Early
4:26 album only
4. Roundabout
5:51 album only
5. This Happy Madness
4:19 album only
6. This is New
5:25 album only
7. Memphis In June
4:18 album only
8. Suddenly It's Spring
4:49 album only
9. Emily
5:53 album only
10. Take A Chance On Spring
4:55 album only
11. Song Of Summer [Summer Song]
5:13 album only


Album Notes

"Sherri Roberts is nostalgically nonchalant on her debut album, singing beautiful feel-good songs with style and verve."
Patricia Myers, JazzTimes

"A beautifully articulate voice that instrumentally falls somewhere between
Chet Baker and Stan Getz."
Bob Hershon, Jazz Now Magazine

"Sherri embraces her music with elegance, grace, and most importantly, soul!"
Tom Pethic,"Artistry In Jazz" WLGZ Radio, Rochester, NY

"...intensely swinging, with a full, rich delivery reminiscent of Helen Merrill."
Andy Hamilton, Jazzwise Magazine, London

"Sherri Roberts' debut recording finds the haunting vocalist showing her versatility on a variety of fairly complex and atmospheric arrangements... A very impressive outing that will stay in one's mind long after the cd ends."
Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

"Velvet voiced singer Sherri Roberts captures the moods implicit not only in the wistful Johnny Mercer and Marian McPartland title track, but also in such evocative titles as "Very Early," "This Happy Madness," and "Suddenly it's Spring" in this impressively warm and lyrical debut."
Derk Richardson, San Francisco Bay Guardian

"An excellent album and a new talent to look out for."
The Wire Magazine, London


Sherri Roberts was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and received a B.A. in theatre from Antioch College in Ohio. It was there she was first introduced to jazz studies - its history and repertoire.

Upon relocating to San Francisco, she became involved in both theatre performance and management, while never abandoning her love of singing and her growing interest in jazz. At a transitional point in her life, she walked away from the stage and onto the bandstand and never looked back.

Drawing from this diverse training and experience, Ms. Roberts blurs the line between cabaret and jazz singing. She performs the tunes of Broadway and Tin Pan Alley in modern jazz settings, while her great affinity for Brazilian music and the lyricized compositions of more contemporary artists such as Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland and Bill Evans keeps her song choices personal and exciting. She takes her innate feeling for melody and rhythm and mates it with an attraction for less-known and wrongly-neglected songs.

Ms. Roberts' interpretation of this repertoire draws inspiration from the Vo-Cool jazz era. Her velvet voice, laid-back phrasing, impeccable diction, and subtle understated delivery have invited favorable comparisons to June Christy, Chet Baker and Helen Merrill. Yet her pillowy sound and intimate approach are all her own.

The Sky Could Send You, her latest recording is produced and arranged by bassist Harvie S with special guests, legendary saxophonist Phil Woods and trumpet virtuoso Lew Soloff. "Sweet, sensitive, and sassy" is how Jesse "Chuy" Varela of the Bay Area's KCSM FM describes Sherri's vocals on this outing. "Sky", to be released in February of 2006 on the Blue House Recordings/Pacific Coast Jazz labels, marks Sherri's third collaboration with Harvie S following their critically acclaimed recordings on the Brownstone label: Twilight World (1996) and Dreamsville (1998).

Twilight World, was called "an impressively warm and lyrical debut" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Dreamsville followed, garnering even greater critical response. JazzTimes said "Everything works here. Encore Ms. Roberts." Cadence Magazine effused "Her voice is beautifully expressive and rhythmically fluent. And the intelligence behind each lyric interpretation is manifest." And the Los Angeles Times called Roberts "A superior bop and standards vocalist (who) puts plenty of feeling and swing into her music." Dreamsville, distributed internationally, also received significant radio airplay on over 100 jazz stations throughout North America. It charted on the prestigious Gavin Report where it remained for a full seven weeks.

Sherri has recorded or performed with Harvie S, Mark Soskin, Danny Gottlieb, Chris Potter, Eric Friedlander, Kieth Underwood, Joe Le Barbera, John Hart, Vince Cherico, and many top Bay Area musicians.

Ms. Roberts is a true scholar of popular music with a deep appreciation for its heritage and freely sites such diverse influences as Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Sloane, Irene Kral, Chet Baker and Shirley Horn.

She has performed regularly in the Bay Area for nearly two decades and has toured to major jazz venues both in the states and abroad.

For more information contact www.sherri-roberts.com



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