Let Me Off Uptown

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408360626
  • Catalog Number: 83606
  • Sales rank: 113,558

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let Me Off Uptown - Jack Sheldon (3:35)
  2. 2 Pick Yourself Up (2:30)
  3. 3 Honeysuckle Rose (4:14)
  4. 4 Skylark (4:56)
  5. 5 Let's Face the Music and Dance (3:48)
  6. 6 Man With a Horn (4:01)
  7. 7 Boogie Blues (3:06)
  8. 8 It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream (4:40)
  9. 9 Whisper Not (3:23)
  10. 10 Tea for Two (2:39)
  11. 11 Little Girl Blue (4:00)
  12. 12 I Won't Dance (3:56)
  13. 13 Waiter, Make Mine Blues (3:37)
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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 II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Bonnie Lake Composer
Tom McCauley Engineer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Gene Paul Mastering
Bill Traut Producer
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Don George Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A fun and wonderful album

    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.

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