Sheila Cooper's Web Site
...what an inspired and creative pairing ..."Tales of Love and
Longing" is a recording of incredible warmth and intimacy.
Sheila is a singer on her horn and with her voice,
and that's the best playing for me.
...a beautiful and soulfully sung collection
of real jazz standards delivered as pure jazz....with the added bonus
of her excellent saxophone playing
Cooper charms with multi-faceted saxophone-playing,
and like every great singer she not only knows how to fascinate with
notes, but to create a deep connection between heartfelt tranquility
and ominous silence.
Canadian-born, NYC-based singer and saxophonist Cooper
has developed her own self-assured sound as both a vocalist and altoist
- her refreshingly simple, unfussy delivery befits her Konitz-esque
sax tone while her unpretentious singing draws on her narrative abilities
over excessive reliance on technique.
The New Yorker carves a place for herself out of
the ghosts of tradition, revitalizing old songs into a powerpack of
poetry, easily accomplished through her subtle charms. And with such
tasteful warmth, such earthy originality that one must really take one's
hat off to her.
Cooper alternates between hauntingly naked sax licks
and languorous vocals...
Of all the vocalists to emerge in the past ten years, the Canadian singer and
saxophonist Sheila Cooper is the the most interesting. Gifted with a cool timbre,
sophisticated approach, and a precise and delicate measure of expression, Cooper is
in league with the most revered white singers of the fifties from June Christy to
Helen Merrill. Exceptional among her colleagues is the fact that she is also a very
talented saxophone player.
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Photo Credits: this page - Lucio Forte, all others - Gabriela Brandenstein
Canadian-born, New York-based singer, alto saxophonist, composer and arranger, Sheila Cooper is -- as saxophone legend Lee Konitz has noted -- "a singer on her horn and with her voice, and that's the best playing for me." Ever since she moved to New York, she has been wowing audiences at the city's top venues, including the Blue Note, Birdland, The Knitting Factory and Five-Spot.
TRIPLE THREAT! In the flood of new talent surging about us, Ms. Sheila Cooper
deserves your attention.
...Cooper shone with a boppish solo version of "Stella by Starlight".
Sheila's CDs & Videos
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