Out on a Whim

Out on a Whim

by Cindy Benson
     
 

For her debut album, Cindy Benson has decided to have fun with several tunes on the play list, in the tradition of that incomparable comedienne of song, Bea Lillie. With the first cut, Benson shows she understands that cabaret is not limited to solemn renderings which describe the vicissitudes of finding love, then losing it. Cabaret is supposed to be fun too, and… See more details below

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For her debut album, Cindy Benson has decided to have fun with several tunes on the play list, in the tradition of that incomparable comedienne of song, Bea Lillie. With the first cut, Benson shows she understands that cabaret is not limited to solemn renderings which describe the vicissitudes of finding love, then losing it. Cabaret is supposed to be fun too, and there's some right from the outset with a comic description of the ups and downs, mostly downs, of having "Pets." Another bright, upbeat, rarely heard tune is "Mr. Right," from a two-act vaudeville collaboration of Alan Jay Lerner and Kurt Weill. Benson can deliver a ballad without undue emoting that would be out of place here. She shows that with an a cappella opening verse to "More Than You Know" before being joined by the entire company, including some nice sax by John Yoakum. The variety found on this CD is no doubt due to the fact that Benson has a one-woman show of the same name, where she has to keep the audience's interest for about two hours. The presentation must be varied to keep people coming back. The show has been the recipient of two Los Angeles Dramalogue Awards. Benson is apt to change tempos and vocal registers in the middle of the tune and by doing so, does a 180-degree turn in her delivery. "Mr. Paganini (If You Can't Sing It, You'll Have to Swing It)" goes from sopranic pleading to falsetto down in the chest jest. It brings to mind the antics Betty Hutton used to employ. Benson is joined by house pianist John Boswell, whose playing stays within itself, thereby not overwhelming the singer. This is an excellent addition to the cabaret discography and is highly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2001
Label:
Lml Music
UPC:
0711788012924
catalogNumber:
129
Rank:
216949

Tracks

  1. Pets  - Cindy Benson
  2. On a Slow Boat to China  - Cindy Benson
  3. Song of the Month  - Cindy Benson
  4. The Boston Beguine  - Cindy Benson
  5. If You Love Me  - Cindy Benson
  6. More Than You Know  - Cindy Benson
  7. Mr. Right  - Cindy Benson
  8. Feelin' Too Good Today Blues  - Cindy Benson
  9. Bill/Can't Help Lovin' That Man  - Cindy Benson
  10. If We Hold on Together  - Cindy Benson
  11. You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)  - Cindy Benson
  12. One More Walk Around the Garden  - Cindy Benson
  13. Ridin' High  - Cindy Benson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cindy Benson   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Boswell   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Dennis Farias   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Bart Samolis   Bass
John Yoakum   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Saxophone
David Boswell   Guitar
M.B. Gordy   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

John Boswell   Arranger,Orchestration
Jerome Kern   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
P.G. Wodehouse   Composer
Alex Rybeck   Arranger
Doug Haverty   Art Direction
Lee Lessack   Executive Producer
Eric Fahlborg   Engineer,Mastering
Cindy Benson   Liner Notes
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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