Spohie Berkal-Sarbit opens matters on her latest CD, Young and Foolish, with a driving, swinging rendition of "I'm Gonna Live 'til I die." Sperandei's trumpet captures the essence of this arrangement as he twists and turns this tune upside down brilliantly with his rapid fire offerings. This number is a portent of things to come, as it is an ear-catcher from the opening note to the last.
With the title song, "Young And Foolish," the ballad side of this seductive vocalist is captured most enchantingly. Bill King waxes thoughtfully, a departure from his usual modus operandi. Pitch perfect and a delivery that is most compelling describes this singer in terms exact.
"Why Don't You Do Right" has to be sung in the proper fashion, and believe me, Sophie does it "right" and then some. This writer is hand clapping and foot tapping to this track, and so will you.
Some good advice is inherent in the lyrics to "As Long As You're Living" and Sophie gives it superbly. The trumpet and sax have their say musically with more hip admonitions.
This singer has all the ingredients of what it takes to be a great artist and she utilizes them to the fullest. The band is top notch and the arrangements fit her talents more than adequately. I have no problem giving this album 5 Stars.