Nina Sheldon's vocalism reflects conspicuous virtues: a sophisticated sense of rhythm and harmonic sensibility, a warm, natural voice within its range, flawless intonation, an exceptional versatility-from gentle ballads to animated up-tempos and scatting-and an incisive sense of time with implacable tone control.
Nina Sheldon: vocals, piano
David "Fathead" Newman: tenor sax
John Menagon: bass
Bob Meyer: drums
Jazz vocalist and pianist Nina Sheldon is joined by members of her trio and special guest David "Fathead" Newman for an album of straightahead jazz standards
As for virtues of jazz piano, Nina expresses them in a meld of the following: symmetry of phrasing, advanced harmonic sense, tonal beauty and strong musical and emotional individuality-a signature sound.
Multi-talented as a jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, lyricist, band leader and educator, she threads the total fabric of musical functions and settings.
"Her conveyance of a genuine jazz feeling and swing is tangible. And that's what really matters. Ignited, she creates excitement and allure."
- Dr. Herb Wong
"She plays like a demon and sings like a living doll"
- New Yorker Magazine
"Her playing is "brilliantly swinging" and to her "strong presence as pianist, singer and writer of lyrics that are funny, outrageous and even wistful"