Along the way to making her first solo album, Bobbi Sherron has sifted through the styles of prominent jazz singers of the past before settling on her own style. There are hints of Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, and, most of all, Betty Carter in her song styling and delivery. Like Carter, each melody is performed a bit differently than the previous one and in the way the next one is going to be sung blossoming into a session of constant surprise and adventure. Much like an Indiana Jones movie, you never know what's going to happen next, except that whatever it is, it will lift you out of your seat.
Sherron is joined in the studio by a roster of outstanding Canadian musicians, many of whom play with such prominent aggregations as Rob McConnell's Boss Brass and the Spitfire Band. There's the premier tenor man, Rick Wilkens, soloing on "Oh! Lady Be Good" and on the somewhat neglected Russ Freeman/Annie Ross tune "Music Is Forever." Ed Bickert, master guitarist, displays his considerable chops on "Lost." Guido Basso's trumpet shines on "Isn't It Romantic," which Sherron sings with more than a bit of humor. The trombone quartet swings "Filthy McNasty." There are also some individual excellent trombone solos on other cuts. Regrettably, the solos are not listed in the liner notes. "Angel Eyes" is graced by Basso's harmonica in the Toots Thielemanns mode. Bassist Steve Wallace gets in his licks in on "I Thought About You." The album ends with a rousing rendition of the Hendricks/ Lambert/Ross-popularized "Four" with Archie Alleyne's drums leading the way and Sherron doing a take on Clark Terry's "Mumbles." Throughout, Mark Eisenman's piano provides infallible accompaniment for Sherron's ever-changing vocal moods and tempos.
It would be nice to be able to say that Sherron possesses perfect pitch. Not so. She tends to lose it a bit on the end of some lines. But no big thing. Although a New York native, Sherron has absconded to Canada and has been performing there ever since.
|I Have Dreamed / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard Rodgers||Bobbi Sherron||6:07|
|Lucky to Be Me / Leonard Bernstein / Betty Comden / Adolph Green||Bobbi Sherron||5:57|
|Glad to Be Unhappy/But Not for Me / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin / Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers||Bobbi Sherron||7:54|
|Angel Eyes / Earl Brent / Matt Dennis||Bobbi Sherron||5:12|
|Filthy McNasty / Ira Gitler / Horace Silver||Bobbi Sherron||3:17|
|Oh, Lady Be Good / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin||Bobbi Sherron||4:33|
|It Only Takes a Moment / Jerry Herman||Bobbi Sherron||3:59|
|Feelin' Groovy/Isn't It Romantic / Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers / Paul Simon||Bobbi Sherron||5:26|
|Lost / Roy Kral / Fran Landesman||Bobbi Sherron||4:59|
|I'm Gonna Go Fishin' / Duke Ellington / Peggy Lee||Bobbi Sherron||4:21|
|I Thought About You / James Van Heusen / Johnny Mercer||Bobbi Sherron||6:02|
|Music Is Forever / Russ Freeman / Annie Ross||Bobbi Sherron||5:07|
|Four / Miles Davis / Jon Hendricks||Bobbi Sherron||4:31|