March 4, 2016
The Absolute Sound
Bossa Nova Keeps Its Cool
by Jeff Wilson
Sherie Julianne: 10 Degrees South.
If this 2014 release of soft Brazilian jazz and bossa nova sounds polished and self-assured, there’s a reason for that. Vocalist Sherie Julianne, who lives in the Bay area, spent ten years fronting a band led by Grammy-nominated pianist and arranger Marco Silva, a native of Rio de Janeiro, before 10 Degrees South was released. Here the singer calls the shots with Silva in a supportive role on an album filled with less familiar material by some of Brazil’s premier composers, including Joao Donato, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Roberto Menescal, Sergio Mendes, and Chico Pinheiro. The tempos are often on the brisk side, with a light, breezy touch that perfectly complements Julianne’s melodious voice. Silva’s rich arrangements allow space for interesting instrumental detours without detracting from the song. Sunny, lyrical, and unabashedly pretty, this Azul Do Mar release is both soothing and stimulating. Take it with you with when you hit the beach, and play it when you dream of returning.
October 2, 2014
Sherie Julianne: 10 Degrees South
by George W. Harris
Although looking a bit like Sandra Bullock, vocalist Sherrie Julianne evokes sounds from Brazil as she uses her comfy mezzo soprano on a collection of standard and new bossa nova pieces. She’s teamed up with Marcos Silva/key, Scott Thompson/b, Phil Thompson/dr, Jeff Buenz/g and Mary Fettig/fl-as while she sings in both English and Portuguese on material such as upbeat and kinetic “Bananeira” and the cozy “O Pato” which have her floating around the fluffy flute. A romantic “Painting” has some enticing piano work while she digs in a bit and gets assertive with the rhythm team on a dramatic “Brasil Nativo.” Her take of “The Look of Love” features Buenz’s lyrical guitar, while she sounds glowing and wondrous on the closing “So Many Stars.” Comfort food for the Brazilian appetite!
Musica Brasileira de A-Z
by Egídio Leitão
A Noteworthy Debut
-Of the two non-Brazilian tunes in the album — “Watch What Happens” and “The Look of Love” — credit must be given to Marcos Silva’s arrangements for making them sound like Brazilian classics. At the same time, it is Sherie’s extremely comfortable performance that makes “Watch What Happens” a jewel in this album. There is something in Sherie’s voice that captivates and allures you into her music. She quietly switches from English to Portuguese in “O Barquinho” without any distractions whatsoever. Her commanding performances are stellar.
Honey-like, her enunciation and timbre are perfect for this repertoire. I can only hope that we will continue to hear more from Sherie Julianne. She is not formulaic, and she brings her beautiful voice to a repertoire of her own, with just the right combination of classics and other Brazilian songs with beautiful arrangements and performances.
Oregon Jazz Society
10 Degrees South; Sherie Julianne, vocals
If you’re into Brazilian music, singer Sheri Julianne takes on some Brazilian hits with a rare freshness and vitality. Some of the tunes are familiar but somewhat neglected, like “O Pato,” “Bonita,” “So Many Stars” and “O Barquinho.” These and other Brazilian melodies are joined by “yankee” tunes like “The Look of Love” and “Watch What Happens.”
Azul do Mar Records; 2014; appx. 52 minutes.
D. Oscar Groomes
O’s Place Jazz Magazine
Sherie Julianne – 10 Degrees South O’s Notes: Sherie serves up a fine set of Brazilian ballads. Lyrics are in Brazilian Portuguese and English with Julianne scatting as well. The program has a dozen popular standards from, “O Pato” to “The Look of Love” to “So Many Stars“. Silva’s arrangements are fresh and dialed in to Sherie’s zone. The music is tight and the mood is relaxed, a la bossa nova.
AXS -David Becker
The singer winds her translucent, gossamer-light tone around a smartly chosen selection of tunes by revered Brazilian composers (Gilberto Gil, Jobim, etc.) and pop standards that jauntily take to tropical rhythms. Julianne is at her best when she sticks closest to tradition, singing in Portuguese and deftly weaving around the complex rhythms of tunes such as Gil’s “Bananeira” and Danilo Caymmi’s “Brasil Nativo.” She’s ably backed by a crew of Bay Area pros, most notably pianist Marcos Silva, whose sparkling phrases keep the tunes moving forward at a satisfyingly brisk clip.
Jazz Junction August Reviews
This is a delightful album throughout – comprised of numerous Brazilian numbers as well as Michel Legrand’s “Watch What Happens” and Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “The Look of Love”. A buoyant and breezy samba, the Joao Donato, Gilberto Gil piece “Bananeira”, opens the recording with the warm embrace of Julianne’s mellifluous voice. She’s been studying Brazilian music for many years and the attention is evident with her facile Portuguese enunciation on numbers such as the airily swinging “O Pato”. Tracks such as the Jobim number “Bonita” and Sergio Mendes’s “So Many Stars” exhibit that knack of Brazilian music to simultaneously express melancholy and hope; while Danilo Caymmi and Paulo Pinheiro’s “Brasil Nativo” surges with an irrepressible beat and Roberto Menescal’s “O Barquinho” (Little Boat) embarks upon a languid cruise with Julianne’s voice and Mary Fettig’s flute playing. Julianne captures the range of emotions upon these compositions with a thoroughly pleasing style that is more about her voice being an instrument – a sweet, fluid presence – rather than striving for dominance in the musical settings. Her relaxed style evokes the sense that she is savoring the expression of lyrics in her singing and this radiates throughout the album. Coupled with the spirited musical accompaniment, this attractive combination renders “10 Degrees South” a refreshing session that’s easy to enjoy.
July 29, 2014
The Jazz Page
Vocalist Sherie Julianne adeptly demonstrates great versatility on her debut release. 10 Degree South, a fantastic first outing for the Bay Area talent, is a beautiful blend of standards from the American and Brazilian classics songbooks. Julianne delivers the lyrics in both English and Portuguese with a warm and engaging voice. Marcos Silva, a native of Rio de Janeiro, and mentor to the singer for more than a decade, arranged the tunes for the production. In addition to Silva on keys, the project is graced by the musicianship of Scott Thompson on bass, Phil Thompson on drums, Jeff Buenz on guitar and Mary Fettig on flute and saxophone. This is a thoroughly enjoyable effort by Julianne from beginning to end.
July 17, 2014
Ken Frankling’s Jazz Notes
Sherie Julianne, 10 Degrees South (Azul do Mar) There is something mighty special about Brazil’s breezy rhythms. The bossa nova and the samba, among many others, can be musically intoxicating – in a good way. San Francisco Bay-area singer Sherie Julianne has absorbed much from the Brazilian Songbook, and found a way to make it her own. Her supporters on this project include one of her musical mentors, pianist-arranger Marcos Silva, who hails from Rio, as well as flutist/saxophonist Mary Fettig, guitarist Jeff Buenz, drummer Phil Thompson and bassist Scott Thompson. Her honeyed voice and her uncanny use of time are great assets here. Favorites: “Bananeira,” “”O Pato,” “So Many Stars” and Silva’s ballad “Painting.”
July 5, 2014
Ms. Julianne is possessed with a delivery true to those times – bright, yet sensual. She handles the pace brilliantly – losing neither the intricacies of the language nor the rhythm in the uptempo set.
July 3, 2014
Brent Black Critical Jazz
The unique tone to Julianne’s voice is pristine with a slightly buttery finish that allows her to work as far more than just a one trick pony. Collaborating with the critically acclaimed Marcos Silva elevates what may have been considered an ordinary recording by some to a higher cultural plane as she walks a very demanding harmonic tightrope. Musically the band is A list with Julianne seeming to feed off the natural ebb and flow of some of the worlds most beloved and revered music. While classics such as the Jobim ballad “Bonita” are compositions that Julianne crawls inside to deliver a stellar lyrical performance, the iconic Burt Bacharach / Hal David tune “The Look of Love” has massive cross over potential and could easily push Sherie Julianne into the category of a multi-dimensional artist. The Marcos Silva ballad “Painting” sets a new standard for more contemporary Brazilian flair while the eclectic “Encontro” from Chico Pinheiro highlights an engaging versatility. As debut release go there is little to find fault with here, Sherie Julianne is a vocalist to keep an eye on. Way better than “average.”
2014 – World Music Record Reviews
(Azul Do Mar, 2014)
(Produced by Sherie Julianne)
Bright, breezy smooth-jazz takes on classic Brazilian music, sung in Portuguese and English by San Francisco Bay Area vocalist Sherie Julianne… Pianist Marcos Silva provides upbeat arrangements and anchors a compact ensemble which also include flautist Mary Fettig, another North American jazz player who has recorded several Brazilian-themed albums. -this is a strong independently produced jazz album…Definitely worth checking out.