Cheryl Dyrithe Barnes is a classically trained jazz singer in possession of remarkable depth, range and technique. beloved around the world as a captivating live performer, Cheryl shied away from making records for nearly a decade. Now in 2014, Ms. Barnes returns with her fourth and finest album to date, a studio recording entitled listen to this for which every one of the twelve selections is a personally inspired gem. Produced by Rahn Coleman and also featuring the impassioned piano playing of her husband Phil Cabasso, listen to this was patiently rendered over a 5-year period, prepared with tender loving care utilizing Los Angeles’ finest, including soloists saxophonists Rickey Woodard and Pete Christlieb, pianists John Hammond and Joel Scott, and trumpeter Nolan Shaheed.
Listen To This moves from two tunes penned by Mark Winkler (the sassy “Like Jazz” and the evocative nostalgia of “That Afternoon In Harlem” to inventive adaptations of “When I Am Laid In Earth” (from Henry Purcell’s opera “Dido and Aeneas”) and Joni Mitchell’s epic “Come In From The Cold.” There’s even a Christmas song. “I love how varied the album is…because i’m varied,” Cheryl beams. “The complexity of jazz – of improvisation, expression and harmony – is clearly there. Rahn, Phil and our engineer Aaron Testerman spent hours – I’m talking marathon sessions – working,” Cheryl shares. “Phil would come home with his eyes like xs! We didn’t have a deadline so we never rushed. A beautiful evolution blossomed through the process.”
From the hippest of contemporary faire like “Come with me” and “What’s On Your Mind” to choice standards such as “I wish you love” (dedicated to the memory of Gloria Lynne) and “Why Did I Choose You” (inspired by Barbara Streisand’s rendition), Ms. Barnes brings a singular warmth and empathy to every line she sings, engaging listeners from a purr to a power belt. The title track “Listen To This” (composed and arranged by Cabasso), “What’s Fair In Love” (created and directed by coleman) and “Baby’s Got Some Awful Kind Of Blues” (crafted by John Hammond) are renderings of original pieces that are sure to go down as Cheryl Barnes classics. “This project solidifies within myself my view of myself as a true artist,” Cheryl poetically states.
Musicalmente versatil, hermosa, y de voz fabulosa, Cheryl Dyrithe Barnes es un raro talento. Su refinada y entrenada voz recibe clasificacion superior en cualquier tipo de musica y su actuacion certifica que ella es realmente MUSICA, asi como actriz de estilo y de personalidad emocionante.
Cheryl is a singer, not just a person who can sing.
She’s got style. She’s got soul. Great voice (3 1/2 octaves of it)!), Great looks. A smasher when it comes to jazz! You gotta see her. You just gotta!
Her refined and well trained voice would receive a top rating in any form of music. She displays this extraordinary and precious “instrument” in a unique show. “Don’t miss her” “She deserves television coverage to announce the fact that someone special from the show biz world of the USA has indeed arrived, rather than the imposters we often see and hear.
Cheryl Barnes is a woman with an extraordinary vocal instrument. ” “..shows off her control, range, pitch, diction and expressiveness — in short, everything it takes to be a star.
“We’re convinced that Cheryl Barnes is one of the West’s best singers and that she really deserves a television special all to herself.”
Cheryl Barnes is a songwriter’s dream. She has a great instrument – a rich, honeyed, wide ranging voice but more importantly, she knows what to do with it. Each song becomes an emotional story that touches, moves or just plain makes you smile.
Barnes’ range leapt upward in unpredictable octave jumps to a pure register.
I don’t think there is a more immaculate professional singer in the jazz world today than Cheryl Barnes. She keeps it clean and swings to the point of no return.
“Barnes is a great storyteller”
“What a voice. Rich and true. Miles of range.”
Cheryl is an amazing singer, a master interpreter and a totally unafraid cosmic artist. Pure in heart, pure in spirit; she is a singer whose life you can feel.
Cheryl Barnes’ vocals are impeccable.
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