Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town

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by Cheryl Bentyne
     
 
Cheryl Bentyne is justly celebrated for her work as the soprano voice in Manhattan Transfer, but her work outside of that ensemble is just as impressive, if sometimes less flashy. This solo album, in fact, is notable for its lack of pyrotechnical wizardry, and is all the stronger for it. Focusing almost exclusively on standards,

Overview

Cheryl Bentyne is justly celebrated for her work as the soprano voice in Manhattan Transfer, but her work outside of that ensemble is just as impressive, if sometimes less flashy. This solo album, in fact, is notable for its lack of pyrotechnical wizardry, and is all the stronger for it. Focusing almost exclusively on standards, Talk of the Town finds Bentyne singing with an almost Ella Fitzgerald-like transparency, imposing little of her own ego on the material and avoiding heavy-handed interpretation. This is not to say that she sings without personality or style -- simply that she sings like someone who wants to showcase the songs themselves rather than her own artistry. The result is quietly spectacular: on straightforwardly melodic fare like Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" and the classic ballad "These Foolish Things," the songs are like jewels in simple but lush settings; on more difficult numbers, such as "Little Butterfly" (which consists of lyrics by Jon Hendricks set to the Thelonious Monk composition "Pannonica"), she negotiates the tricky changes with grace and deceptive ease. Bentyne's voice sounds the way a warm shower feels. Very highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2004
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408358326
catalogNumber:
83583
Rank:
222987

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cheryl Bentyne   Primary Artist,Vocals
Chuck Mangione   Flugelhorn,Soloist
John Patitucci   Bass
Don Alias   Percussion
Lewis Nash   Drums
Corey Allen   Organ,Piano,Soloist
Kenny Barron   Piano
Alvin Chea   Background Vocals
Mark Kibble   Background Vocals
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Corey Allen   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Song Notes,Instrument Arrangement
Tom McCauley   Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Susumu Morikawa   Executive Producer

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Talk of the Town 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With this recording, Cheryl Bentyne places herself in the ranks of such superstars Peggy Lee, Julie London and Annie Ross. Yet Cheryl has a completely original sound. Her crisp, clear and bright soprano is a refreshing change to the current staple of jazz singers who all seem to be husky-voiced altos (although, she has no problem dropping down to a full-bodied contralto). Cheryl sings with sensitivity and sensuality -- and the woman knows how to swing. She is one of the best out there! A must for fans of vocal jazz.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like classic jazz singing, this is it. Just sit back and enjoy quality work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best vocal albums I've heard in a long time. There is something refreshing about Cheryl's singing: She never goes for the over the top performance so many singers do today. Her songs are full of expression and emotion. The Meaning of The Blues is one of the best versions I've heard in a longtime and her cover of Farmer's Market is a lot of fun. You can feel her energy and sense of fun coming through the speakers! Anyone in search of an album that will take you to a small intimate jazz club with a singer who will break your heart then have you up and swinging - this is the CD for you!