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by Sherri Roberts

Unusual standards,bebop and bossa nova are sung here with a "voice that is beautifully expressive and rhythmically fluent."( Cadence Magazine) on Sherri's second cd, Dreamsville -featuring guest saxophonist Chris Potter.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Zoot Walks In [the Red Door]
3:59 album only
2. With A Song In My Heart
5:18 album only
3. Social Call
5:03 album only
4. Two Kites
6:10 album only
5. Middle Of The Night
3:56 album only
6. Dreamsville
4:07 album only
7. People Will Say We're In Love
4:15 album only
8. How Little We Know
4:11 album only
9. Strange Meadowlark
4:27 album only
10. I've Got Just About Everything
5:03 album only
11. It Never Entered My Mind
5:13 album only
12. Dream Dancing
4:48 album only


Album Notes
Acclaim for Sherri Roberts and her recording Dreamsville

"Charm... poignancy... carefree sensuality... Everything works here: Encore, Ms. Roberts."
Bill Bennett, JazzTimes

"This is singing that reaches from the pillow to the stars, and seductively draws listeners into the nocturnal reverie."
Brian Brennan, Calgary Herald

"A superior bop and standards vocalist, Roberts puts plenty of feeling and swing into her music."
Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Times

"The voice is beautifully expressive and rhythmically fluent. And the intelligence behind each lyric interpretation is manifest."
Alan Bargebuhr, Cadence Magazine

"Sherri Roberts' gracefully arcing vocal lines create a soulfully resonant ambiance that’s accented by her impeccable knack for choosing the right tunes."
Drew Wheeler, Editor, Jazz Central Station

"She's an accomplished storyteller with a clear and elegant voice, an umblemished sense of time and near-perfect diction... a first-rate Jazz singer."
Jack Bowers, Jazz Now Magazine

"With a voice reminiscent of Helen Merrill and Susannah McCorkle, jazz singer Sherri Roberts is a songwriter's singer, a vocalist who plays with the edges of the melody."
Andrew Gilbert, Metro Santa Cruz

"This is some SEXY stuff."

"Superb...Singing in warm alto tones that at times recall those of the late June Christy, Roberts brings clear enunciation , perfect pitch, and depth of feeling to (her) material..."
Lee Hildebrand, East Bay Express

"A wonderful singer...Sherri Roberts has great appreciation for a lyric and brings her own interpretation to some wonderful songs on her new CD...Just lovely!"
Ken Borgers, KLON Radio, Los Angeles

"In Dreamsville, Roberts makes an even stronger mark than before as a jazz- influenced interpreter of the American song."
Bill Donaldson, Jazz News

Sherri Roberts - Biographical information:

Vocalist Sherri Roberts' CD Dreamsville marks the second collaboration between Roberts, bassist Harvie Swartz (now Harvie S), and pianist Mark Soskin. The songs that inhabit this hip town of dreams dwell in houses built by the venerable craftsmen of bebop, bossa nova, and the Great American Songbook. They dress in the natty threads of a swinging jazz quartet, the royal hues of a string concerto, or the sheer lace of nocturnal journeys. Some are ebulliently joyful, others sweet and tender, and still others devastatingly vulnerable.

Ms. Roberts' interpretation of this repertoire may be reminiscent of 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 indeed her own. Stellar musicianship from Soskin, Swartz, Danny Gottlieb, Erik Friedlander and special guest Chris Potter provides the perfect setting to showcase Sherri Roberts continued growth as a vocalist of distinction.

Like Twilight World, her debut CD on Brownstone Recordings (released in 1996), Dreamsville has garnered praise from fans and critics alike. Of Dreamsville, JazzTimes says "Everything works here. Encore Ms. Roberts." Cadence Magazine effuses "The voice is beautifully expressive and rhythmically fluent. And the intelligence behind each lyric interpretation is manifest." And the Los Angeles Times calls Roberts "A superior bop and standards vocalist (who) puts plenty of feeling and swing into her music." Dreamsville 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.

Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and today based in San Francisco, Sherri Roberts has been charming Bay Area music lovers since 1988, and more recently has been performing in other major metropolitan centers such as Los Angeles and London. Sherri draws upon years of both theatrical and vocal training to bring a fresh interpretation to a repertoire encompassing a wide array of standard and lesser known gems.

Labels like "cabaret performer" and "jazz singer" do not begin to describe the musical flexibility of Ms. Roberts. She has the versatility and intuitive gifts to roam through Tin Pan Alley or the paths forged by modern day talents with equal facility and charm.

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, Helen Merrill, Chet Baker and Shirley Horn. She was priveleged to study with Jeri Southern, forging a simpatico bond that was sadly interrupted by Southern's untimely passing.

For more information contact www.sherri-roberts.com



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