Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Sky Could Send You

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Sky Could Send You

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The Sky Could Send You

Blue House - Pacific Coast Jazz 70001

Lew Soloff (tpt), Phil Woods (as), David Udolf, Pablo Vergara (p), John Hart (g), Tim Collins (vib), Harvie S. (sb), Victor Cherico (d), Daniel Sadownick, Renato Thoms (percussion), Sherri Roberts, Skyler Jett, Daria (v) recorded in 2004.

You're Looking At Me/Jamaica Farewell/Before/Let Me/Tell Me My Name/Moon's A Harsh Mistress/Return To Paradise/You're Nearer/Do It The Hard Way/Slow Hot Wind/Far From New York/Por Toda Minha Vida (For All My Life) TT:51:50

This release by San Francisco-based singer Sherri Roberts abounds with little-heard tunes and sophisticated ballads reflecting the singer's personality and musical trajectory. The tunes on this disc are hardly standards, but all are interesting examples of songwriting, with the single throwaway example being the Harry Belafonte number Jamaica Farewell.

The liner notes to this album are remarkably complete in that they take great pains to discuss the history of each selection and Roberts' connection to it. The standouts for me are the last track, Por Toda Minha Vida - a Jobim bossa nova here sung in the original Portuguese as a single chorus arioso - and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. This number, by 1960s and 1970s songwriter's songwriter Jimmy Webb is transformed from a folk ballad to a Latin-tinged art song featuring a beautiful acoustic guitar solo by John Hart and a smooth exposition of the oddly-contoured melody by Roberts.

Other examples of sophisticated musicianship abound - the Tomkin/Washington song Return to Paradise is primarily in a smooth 5/4 and features a good solo by vibraphonist Tim Collins. …

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