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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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Customer Reviews (2)
- A World of Talent!Review by Big Toots
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
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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