Through her series of Sunnyside albums beginning in 1978, Meredith d'Ambrosio has been tending toward Wishing On The Moon, which is a short step and a huge accomplishment. A collection songs of which she is the sole creator except for one piece of music by Dena DeRose and collaboration with Bradford Langer on one set of lyrics. The songs are short stories as much in the art song tradition of Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolff as in that of the great American songwriters. They have narrative flow, the magnetism of lyric poetry and in a couple of cases the pithiness, although not the form, of haiku. Melodies, harmonies and lyrics are exquisitely of a piece.
Meredith's support at the piano comes from Cecilia Coleman, who moved from Los Angeles to New York in 1998 and has become as integral to the jazz scene there as she was to the west coast's. Bassist Tim Givens is another Californian active in New York. He has worked with Coleman, Lou Donaldson, Curtis Fuller and Ray Bryant. jazz. The multi-dimensional Don Sickler not only plays trumpet and flugelhorn,he also produced the album.
Reviews"Shirley Horn was understated to the nth degree and so, in her own way, is Meredith d'Ambrosio, a lesser-known veteran of more than 15 albums whose Wishing on the Moon attains a rare state of blissful relaxation. In easy rapport with trumpeter/flugelhornist Don Sickler, who produced the album in addition to providing lyrical solos, and a rhythm section headed by pianist Cecilia Coleman, d'Ambrosio exudes the coolness of past icons such as Chris Connor and the musical dexterity of Sheila Jordan. Her evocative lyrics never strain for meaning, either: "Heaven is ours to claim, maybe you'll feel the same," she sings on "I'll Do It Again," one of 10 originals for which she wrote the words and music (two songs were written with a collaborator)." - Lloyd Sachs, Amazon.com