- Jamie’s Grin
- You don’t Know Me
- Close Your Eyes
- Matchmaker, Matchmaker
- Cheek to Cheek
- At The Start
- Just for a Thrill
- Almost like Being in Love
- Let’s face the Music
- Spring in My step
Sheena Davis – vocals
Robert Rickenberg – Double Bass
Tom Pilling – Piano, Keyboard
Stephen Rushton – Drums
Nigel Price – Guitar
Derek Nash – Tenor
Steve Vintner – Vibes
Another fine album from the Sheena Davis
Group, Sheena and Robert Rickenberg deserve
a great deal of respect for the way they have
promoted their excellent group throughout
the UK. The radio and television usually has
it’s back turned to jazz artists and they
have gone out there and created a rapturous
audience throughout the country.
Sheena has a good voice, with an identifiable
style. She works with Robert to produce excellent
arrangements and compose originals, worthy
of inclusion on an album of quality standards.
Jamie’s Grin is a wordless original for voice
and rhythm section, which works very well
and gets the album off to a good start. Close
Your Eyes is a nice tune well sung and played
by the whole group. Cheek to Cheek is an excellent
Irving Berlin standard, but the problem for
Sheena with scat singing, is the one that
confronts all female singers, how to do it
as well as Ella? An enormous challenge!
Matchmaker is not an obvious choice for a
jazz based vocal album, but Sheena and the
group produce a stunning version.
It is probably just a matter of taste, but
although it is beautifully performed, I can’t
see the point of turning a joyful song like
Almost Being in love into a sad sounding ballad.
After all the second line is about ‘smiles
on faces’! This is a very minor criticism
however of what is an n excellent album but
I do like to be honest with my comments.
Let’s Face the Music is beautifully done,
enabling us to hear the full quality of Sheena’s
voice and the excellence of her diction; it
comes with a fine bass solo from Robert. I
was not sure how Perfidia would fit in with
the rest of the album, but there is no problem.
Having Sheena sing the first part over a bass
figure from Robert was a touch of genius.
Spring in My Step is in ¾ and turns out to
be a fine original composition, with a good
solo from Tom Pilling and an excellent vocal
Shboom, which started as a ‘pop’ hit, has
the benefit of guest stars Derek Nash and
Steve Vintner. It works very well for the
group showing Sheena’s great voice off to
good effect and proving to be a better vehicle
for improvisation than I would have imagined.
This is another fine album from Sheena and
the group, which I recommend. I would also
recommend the band to anyone who books jazz
groups, this group are terrific live and really
know how to entertain an audience with their