Sherri Roberts' debut recording finds the haunting vocalist showing her versatility on a variety of fairly complex and atmospheric arrangements. Joined by pianist Mark Soskin, bassist Harvie Swartz and drummer Jeff Williams, with occasional contributions made by flutist Keith Underwood, Lenny Hochman on bass clarinet, cellist Annabelle Hoffman and guitarist Bob Ward, Roberts displays a warm voice and a full understanding of the lyrics that she chooses to interpret. Most of the material (other than "I Remember You" and "Emily") is fairly obscure, including Roberts' words to Dave Brubeck's "Summer Song" (here retitled "Song of Summer"). Other highlights include Bill Evans' "Very Early," "Roundabout," Hoagy Carmichael's "Memphis In June," and "This Is New." A very impressive outing that will stay in one's mind long after the CD ends.
Twilight World Review
by Scott Yanow