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.
And her European tours in support of her acclaimed first CD Since You Were Mine which featured world-class rhythm section Renee Rosnes, Scott Colley and Billy Drummond were triumphantly successful, playing to enthusiastic audiences in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia. It was so thrilling to have people lining up in the break to have me autograph CDs, says Cooper. I was quite overwhelmed by how excited they were.
Her follow-up CD, While the World is in Slumber featuring her trademark quirky, yet elegant renderings of popular standards, also includes two original compositions (one vocal, one instrumental). Her clever additional lyrics to Leonard Bernstein's little-known 100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man wittily personalize and update a 50's gem. And her fresh, sexy voice is beautifully showcased by her imaginative and seductive arrangements of the songs, In the Still of the Night -- a line from which inspired the CD's title -- Cry Me a River and It's All Right With Me.