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The Sky Could Send You

by Sherri Roberts

The Sky Could Send You, with guest artist Phil Woods, features re-imagined jazz and Brazilian standards, original compositions by contemporary artists and unexpected covers of pop tunes such as Harry Belafonte’s Jamaica Farewell.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You're Looking At Me
5:11 album only
2. Jamaica Farewell
4:34 album only
3. Before
3:51 album only
4. Let Me
4:12 album only
5. Tell Me My Name
3:25 album only
6. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
3:57 album only
7. Return To Paradise
4:42 album only
8. You're Nearer
5:21 album only
9. Do It The Hard Way
4:02 album only
10. Slow Hot Wind
4:29 album only
11. Far From New York
4:54 album only
12. Por Toda Minha Vida
3:06 album only


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Recent reviews for Sherri Roberts and her recording

The Sky Could Send You:

“This recording elevates Sherri Roberts to another level within the jazz vocalist galaxy of stars. Her evocative expressions and poetic lyricism envelop the listener in a warm cocoon of sound that you’re sure to enjoy.” 
 Paula Edelstein, All About Jazz

“Stylistically, Roberts bears a significant resemblance to gin ‘n’ satin seductress Julie London. But where London’s voice was distant as a winter moon, Roberts’ is all dappled sunshine...shimmering delicacy...Enchanting.”
 Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes

“She’s a breath of fresh air...pure and unaffected.” 
 Kirk Silsbee, “Jazz Critic’s Choice”, Los Angeles City Beat

“She shares her melody with a cherub like musical presence...Sherri has made a CD that will give Diana Krall and Norah Jones a run for their money.”
(rating 9.5 out of 10) 
Erika Ellis, The Celebrity Café.com

“Phil Woods adds his surging alto to Sherri’s ardently incisive reading of the Rodgers and Hart love psalm, You're Nearer, and together they generate as much heat as light.”
 Alan Bargebuhr, Cadence Magazine

“Ms. Roberts’ voice is expressive, distinctive and stylish... It’s got that great West Coast sound...Perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon.
 Keep an eye out for this one. It’s a keeper.”
(rating: Three and one-half microphones out of four)
 Doug Boyton, Girl

“Roberts’ finest release to date!” Andy Hamilton, The Wire - London

“Interpreting from the heart with genuine expression, ... Roberts proves that vocal jazz still holds surprises without letting go of tradition... Her program signals that vocal jazz has not yet stalled on it’s long and creative journey.”
 Jim Santella, L.A. Jazz Scene

“Tender...inviting...sultry...A romantic and warm addition to any moonlight rendezvous.”
 Karl Stober, E Jazz

“The Sky Could Send You surprises and delights with the taste and elegance of its contents... The singer displays a very beautiful voice and sings jazz like it’s most famous interpreters... A tour de force of consummate veterans.” Di Vittorio Lo Conte, All About Jazz Italia

“Roberts’ solid technique and spirited élan make a naturally gifted voice into a true work of art...This is a singer who has mastered the form, and her new album is a joy to listen to.”
 Jim Trageser,

“The Sky Could Send You demonstrates the synergy two empathetic artists (vocalist Roberts and producer/bassist Harvie S) can share when the stars are in line. This is a wonderful vocal outing.”
 C. Michael Bailey,

“A welcome return to recording after seven years for Sherri Roberts.”
 Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

“A chance to hear singing perfectly integrated with instrumentation...
This release tracks well from start to finish, has the potential to be a classic, 
and should create a buzz amongst jazz listeners.”
 Chris Walker, California Tour and Travel

“I get more CDs by singers than you can shake a stick at... I’ve come to the conclusion after listening to so many over the years, that unless a singer's voice touches you, and puts its hand in your hand, you’re not really going to want to listen to that voice for very long. Sherri Roberts has a voice that does touch me. I hope her voice will touch you, too.”
 Katie Malloch, Host, Jazz Beat, CBC Radio (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) by Richard Bourcier, February 2006:

There are some fine new recordings emerging from the San Francisco area recently. Sherri Roberts’ The Sky Could Send You is among them and, I dare say, very near the top of the heap.

The Atlanta-bred vocalist is a picture of relaxed professionalism. Roberts swings so warmly and gently that the listener’s tender side will reach out to her. The band is sympathetic to the singer’s warm delivery and performs in the same way. Roberts' regular sidekicks, David Udolf, John Hart, Vince Cherico and bassist Harvie S poured their souls into this project.

There are no jazz standards on this session. The songs are drawn from celebrated popular songwriters like Henry Mancini, Bobby Troup, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Dimitri Tiomkin but the tunes won’t be familiar to the average jazz listener. We especially liked “Tell Me My Name” penned by Roger Kellaway and jazz author Gene Lees. This is probably the first time “Jamaica Farewell” ever graced a jazz recording and Roberts offers a beautiful reading of the old Belafonte hit.

Jimmy Webb penned “The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress” for Joe Cocker some three decades ago. Sherri Roberts serves it up in her own unique style with assistance from John Hart’s acoustic guitar. The singer and bassist Harvie S team up for a stunning version of Richard Rodgers’ “Do It The Hard Way.” Rodgers created the song for the broadway hit “Pal Joey” way back in 1940.

Fine solos by such eminent folks as Lew Soloff, Phil Woods and Tim Collins are the icing on the cake. It’s nice to see 2006 starting out with some stunning new albums and this is clearly a stunner.


"When you listen to Sherri's thoughtful way with a vocal line, or her vibrant sense of swing, or her effortless embodiment of a song's emotion...well, a certain starry-eyed enchantment is inevitable. And why not? It's a response to Sherri's own affection for her songs." - Drew Wheeler, liner notes: The Sky Could Send You

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. "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.

MUSICAL PERSONNEL - The Sky Could Send You

Sherri Roberts - Vocals
Harvie S- Bass
John Hart - Guitar
David Udolf- Piano
Pablo Vergara- Piano (track 2)
Vince Cherico- Drums
Phil Woods- Saxophone
Lew Soloff- Trumpet
Daniel Sadownick- Percussion
Renato Thoms- Percussion
Tim Collins- Vibraphone
Ben Lapidus- Tres
Skyler Jett , Daria, Sherri Roberts- Background Vocals

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Lee Bloom

elegant and refreshing!
Sherri Roberts is not just another jazz singer. She refuses to simply re-present the predictable repertoire of love songs and show tunes which constitute "standard fare" for most performers. Her latest release, "The Sky Could Send You", offers a diverse selection of musical flavors from faraway places such as Jamaica and Brazil. Collaborating with bassist/arranger/producer Harvie S, Roberts has carefully crafted twelve thoughtful interpretations of lesser-known tunes by master songsmiths like Mancini, Jobim, and Rodgers & Hart. Sherri's elegant vocal presence is complemented throughout by rich, harmonic textures and tropical rhythms courtesy of her accompanists (David Udolf, John Hart, Harvie S, Vince Cherico) with added support from guests Phil Woods and Lew Soloff. Highly Recommended!