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Let Me Off Uptown
     

Let Me Off Uptown

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by Cheryl Bentyne
 
Taking a busman's holiday from her main gig, the popular vocal quartet Manhattan Transfer, singer Cheryl Bentyne uses her second solo album to salute one of her main influences, Anita O'Day. Delving into the treasure trove of popular song that O'Day specialized in, Bentyne lends her own special qualities to such gems as "Skylark," "Little Girl Blue," and "I Won't

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Taking a busman's holiday from her main gig, the popular vocal quartet Manhattan Transfer, singer Cheryl Bentyne uses her second solo album to salute one of her main influences, Anita O'Day. Delving into the treasure trove of popular song that O'Day specialized in, Bentyne lends her own special qualities to such gems as "Skylark," "Little Girl Blue," and "I Won't Dance," as well as spirited fare like the title tune, where she's joined by the engaging trumpeter/vocalist Jack Sheldon. Manhattan Tranfer fans may know Bentyne’s skill and charm, but for those who haven't yet discovered her impressive abilities, this heartfelt and beautifully executed tribute will come as a delightful surprise.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Most jazz aficionados will rank Anita O'Day as one the very best vocalists that the genre had to offer in the 1940s and 1950s. Her satiny tone, natural sense of rhythm, and improvisational skills placed her alongside the elite voices of the day. Manhattan Transfer's Cheryl Bentyne recognizes O'Day's vocal contributions by paying tribute to the singer on her second Telarc Jazz release, Let Me Off Uptown. For those familiar with both O'Day and Bentyne, the pairing of the vocalists is practically ideal as Bentyne's technical skills, phrasing, and tone are often reminiscent of O'Day's in her earlier and best works. This is most apparent with Bentyne's version of "Pick Yourself Up." The ease with which she playfully recites the lyrics is haunted by O'Day's delivery, but it is not imitation. Bentyne simply, yet skillfully, sings the song unadorned by any vocal acrobatics and the result is a tasteful performance that allows a listener to not only relax and enjoy the vocalist, but also appreciate the melody of this Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields classic. That natural gift is what O'Day gave to a great song, and Bentyne has acquired the same ability. If there is a difference, it is that Bentyne has a gentler approach to a melody, especially on ballads like "Skylark" or the gorgeous "Man With a Horn." Perhaps her vocalizing as part of a group in Manhattan Transfer helped lead to this softness, but it is nonetheless delightful and effective. O'Day's more energetic spirit shines brilliantly as her already fast paced "Tea for Two" is revved up even further providing a real challenge for Bentyne, yet she takes it head-on and makes the complex lyrical and improvisational passages seem effortless. Of course a part of this disc's success is owed to the musicians who accompany Bentyne. Drummer David Tull and bassist Kevin Axt impeccably keep the rhythm while trumpeter Jack Sheldon provides quality solo work and even duets with Bentyne on the humorous O'Day/Roy Eldridge hit "Let Me Off Uptown." As with O'Day, what is anticipated from Bentyne is a performance that is pure, comfortable and sophisticated. With this collection she has met those expectations while capturing the spirit of O'Day, and those who listen to Cheryl Bentyne's Let Me Off Uptown will have the benefit of discovering two great artists.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408360626
catalogNumber:
83606

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cheryl Bentyne   Primary Artist,Vocals
Pete Christlieb   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Bill Holman   Conductor
Lanny Morgan   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Bob Summers   Trumpet
Corey Allen   Piano,Keyboards
Kevin Axt   Bass,Double Bass
Grant Geissman   Guitar,Soloist
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet,Vocals,Soloist,Dialogue
Larry Koonse   Guitar
Bob McChesney   Trombone,Soloist
Carl Saunders   Trumpet
David Tull   Drums
Chris Tedesco   Trumpet
Rob Efford   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Earl Bostic   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Bill Holman   Horn Arrangements
Gene Krupa   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Anita O'Day   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Corey Allen   Producer,Liner Notes,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production
Remo Biondi   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Redd Evans   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Benny Golson   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Bonnie Lake   Composer
Tom McCauley   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Bill Traut   Producer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Don George   Composer

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Let Me Off Uptown 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cheryl Bentyne is rapidly becoming my favorite singer. This album is joyous and it's because of Bentyne...She can be swinging and fun and then seductive and intimate. It effectively evokes the music of the great Anita O'Day, the big band sound of the 1940s, and the quiet cool of the 1950s. Bentyne proves herself as one of the jazz world's most talented singers. This disc has it all.