Personnel: Bruce Forman (guitar); Sam Most (flute); Andy Martin (trombone); Paul Kreibich (drums, percussion).
Liner Note Author: Doug Ramsey.
Recording information: Painted Sky Studio, Cambria, CA (2004).
Photographer: Bob Barry.
In too many fields of music the focus is upon young up-and-coming performers, but given the opportunity, seasoned jazz fans will likely prefer to listen to a veteran vocalist like Sandi Shoemake. Her rich voice and superb diction make one wish that she recorded more frequently. Backed by an excellent band with delightful arrangements by her husband, vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake (who also plays piano in spots), she primarily chose songs that were written for Broadway or Hollywood, few of which seem to be done with any regularity by her contemporaries. She masters the sly humor within "A Rainy Night in Rio," a perky bossa nova dating from the 1940s that showcases flutist Sam Most and trombonist Andy Martin. Shoemake savors the deliberate settings of neglected ballads like Rodgers & Hart's "Nobody's Heart" and Frank Loesser's "Can't Get Out of This Mood." She also offers swinging takes of "I Only Have Eyes for You" and "By Myself" (the latter featuring bassist Bob Maize in one of his last recordings prior to his death in 2004). Guitarist Bruce Forman, bassist Luther Hughes, and drummer Paul Kreibich round out the strong supporting cast on this rewarding CD. ~ Ken Dryden
Down Beat (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Shoemake sings with more sugar than mettle as she applies her smooth, silky voice and rich phrasing to an elegant repertoire of swingers and ballads..."
JazzTimes (p.108) - "Shoemake is the quintessence of laid-back, West Coast cool.....Sandi responds with typical dexterity..."