Originally, Sharon hails from San Antonio where she began performing in her teens. Her early work involved the recording of jingles for the likes of Pepsi, Wendy's, Taco Bell and Frito-Lay. Now she is among the ranks of nominees for Jazz Album of the Year as chosen by the Nashville Music Awards judges.
The CD is a great mix of musical styles ranging from ragtime, Dixieland and mainstream jazz. Ms. Moore puts a tune across with a wonderfully infectious attack. Her vocal on Donald Ashwander's "Chili Billie" is full of humor and joy. The contemporary ragtime composer's song features Sharon with a sparkling Dixieland accompaniment by Jim Hoke and Neil Rosengarden on clarinet and trumpet. Catherine Styron's piano is also heard to advantage.
Other tunes in the same vein are "Sheik of Sh-Boom" and "Jazz Man." Sharon Moore applies her own talents as lyricist and composer on "A Moment More", "At Least For You", "Well, That's Something New" and the delightfully witty "The last Thing I'd Ever Do." Another showpiece is "Daybreak In Alabama" in which Donald Ashwander puts music to the Langston Hughes poem of the same name. Sharon's vocal is touching and thought provoking. The emotional bowed bass by Charlie Chadwick adds to the total effect.
I've seldom heard a vocalist who can be so much at home with a wide variety of styles. This album is crammed with music for fans of every taste.