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The Sky Could Send You brings Sherri Roberts back together with producer/bassist/arranger Harvie S, who guided Sherri's previous releases. This time Harvie, a master musician and international musical savant, suggested that they hit the road, stylistically at least.
Sherri sings in Portuguese for the first time on the lyrical, rubato Jobim/de Moraes composition Por Toda Minha Vida. To the suggestion that the song is less a jazz theme than a fragile Brazilian aria, Sherri replies, "I call it a Jobim art-song. And I'm a bit of a sucker for artists that are popular composers, when they do reach down inside themselves and compose something that has elements of an art-song. And, coincidentally, Vida was my mother's name."
After this emotional conclusion to Sherri's musical travelogue, it's clear that she's sent her individualistic songcraft farther than she's ever sent it before. The Sky Could Send You comprises a dozen new songs. And another dozen reasons to fall in love with Sherri Roberts.
Sherri RobertsSan Diego-based independent record label, Pacific Coast Jazz (PCJ), is announcing the signing of San Francisco-based jazz vocalist, Sherri Roberts. Roberts? own independent label, Blue House Recordings, will now be an associate label under the Pacific Coast Jazz umbrella.Effective November 4, 2005, the agreement anticipates the release of Roberts? third recording, The Sky Could Send You, slated for a street date of February 7, 2006. ?The quality of Sherri?s work is outstanding,? says Donna Nichols, founder and president of Pacific Coast Jazz. ?Her recordings are exceptionally well produced and very musical. They fit in perfectly with the caliber of product we like to put out.? Nichols? label also will handle artist management services for Roberts and will give Blue House Recordings access to national media buying.The third recording effort from the jazz vocalist, The Sky Could Send You is produced and arranged by bassist Harvie S (formerly Harvie Swartz), and features guest appearances by legendary saxophonist, Phil Woods and trumpet virtuoso, Lew Soloff. The CD also is the third collaboration between Roberts and Harvie S, following their critically acclaimed recordings on the Brownstone label, Twilight World (1996) and Dreamsville (1998), which charted for seven weeks on the prestigious Gavin Report. ?My first two releases were more jazz blended with repertoire from the American Songbook,? says Roberts. ?The new record fuses more Latin and world music with jazz elements. We believe that the audience for jazz is now coming from a broader perspective, and this album is designed to appeal to a more diverse crowd.? Drawing from a broad palette of instrumental and rhythmic colors, The Sky Could Send You features re-crafted jazz and Brazilian standards and original compositions by contemporary artists. The jazz and world grooves provide a rich foundation for Roberts? liquid vocals and intimate lyric delivery.
All About Jazz
Special guests Phil Woods and Lew Soloff provide several essential components to The Sky Could Send You and give Sherri Roberts' beautiful voice an extra dimension. The charming Roberts lends her fluid, laid-back cool essence to 12 tracks composed by such versatile talents as Roger Kellaway, Rodgers and Hart, Henry Mancini, and Antonio Carlos Jobim...this recording elevates Sherri Roberts to another level within the jazz vocalist galaxy of stars. Their improvisations, her evocative expressions and poetic lyricism envelop the listener in a warm cocoon of sound that you're sure to enjoy.
Doug Boyton, GirlSingers.org
Ms. Roberts' voice is expressive, distinctive and stylish.
Richard Bourcier, JazzReview.com
It's nice to see 2006 starting out with some stunning new albums and this is clearly a stunner.
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