Judy Roberts - The Other World

A swinging and entertaining pianist and singer who is still quite active today, Judy Roberts began her recording career with three albums for the Inner City label during 1979-81. She grew up hearing jazz and began playing piano when she was two.  Starting during her last year of high school, she played regularly in Chicago area clubs during the 1970s, gaining a strong following that led to her being signed to Inner City.

The Other World, the second of Judy Roberts’ Inner City albums, was taken from a period when she was doubling on electric keyboards and exploring fusion, but in her own way. Among the songs that she performs with her quintet (which includes guitarist Neal Seroka) are Gino Vannelli’s “The River Must Flow,” “Last Tango In Paris,” a scat-filled “The Roadrunner,” a heartfelt version of "It’s Always 4 A.M,” a solo rendition of “’Round Midnight,” and a catchy version of Horace Silver’s “Senor Blues” that was a hit during the period. The Other World gives jazz fans not only a historic overview of Judy Roberts’ musical talents in her early days but makes for a very enjoyable listen.

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Chicago's gift to the world of Vocal Jazz! Multi-Grammy nominee Judy Roberts is an internationally-recognized jazz star thanks to the success of her recordings and concert performances. Throughout the jazz world, Judy is known for her fun-loving approach to a great repertoire, her hard-swinging piano playing, her lush and sensitive vocals, and her unique ability to communicate with her audience. The winner of numerous jazz polls and awards (including The Chicago Tribune’s “Chicago’s Favorite Jazz Woman”) and number one on both radio play and the Billboard charts, Judy’s CDs are a delight for all fans of fine music. Originally released by Inner City in 1980, this digitally-remastered CD is again available in the U.S.A.

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A World of Talent!Review by Big Toots
In one of his most famous poems written in the early 20th Century, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (and singer) Carl Sandburg referred to Chicago as “the city of the big shoulders.” It was an apropos description at the time. While her shoulders are – luckily - marvelously feminine, in this effort pianist, vocalist, composer, Judy Roberts - heralded as “Chicago’s Favorite Jazz Woman” - demonstrates that her abilities and breadth of talent is as wide and deep as the Great Lake nearby.

With The Other World the multi-talented Roberts – here on vocals and various keyboards - and her accompanying fine musicians offer nine diverse and very entertaining selections, including three of which are associated with other famous jazz musicians. The overall send-up here is softer and elegant jazz vis a vis harder Bop. It’s cool all around.

Roberts’ voice is an attractive one – lighter than heavy in its “weight,” brighter than dark in depth (“The River Must Flow”) and somewhat more commercially approachable than deeply jazz-inflected. It’s an appealing and inviting presence. She’s terrific on the rarely-heard ballad, “It’s Always 4 A.M.” Her vocal stylings on melodic and lyric lines are easily recognized as that of an instrumentalist (“Last Tango in Paris” – which she also delivers in a seductive French). Guitarist Neil Seroka, who composed and is showcased on two instrumentals, “The Roadrunner” and rock-ish “No Turns,” spins hot-wire electric lines on them. Roberts shows her synth, piano and sing-along/scat chops on those burners, as well. Monk’s classic, “‘Round Midnight” closes the date with Roberts ably covering the classic vocally and with her solo piano accompanying.

The Other World is a fine album delivered with grace and “shoulders” full of talent.
(Posted on 4/28/2015)
The Other WorldReview by Simon Sez
Judy Roberts always sounds like she is having a great time, whether playing brilliant piano or singing songs that she loves. The Other World is the second of her three Inner City recordings of 1979-81.

There is quite a variety of music on The Other World with Judy Roberts’ scat singing on “The Roadrunner,” her emotional version of “It’s Always 4 A.M.” and her solo rendition of “’Round Midnight” being particularly great. In addition, this vocal version of “Senor Blues” was a hit at the time. The Other World features Judy Roberts in her early days and is easy to enjoy.

Simon Sez: Judy Roberts’ The Other World (IC1088) has her singing and playing piano with joy including on her hit version of “Senor Blues.” (Posted on 5/6/2014)

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