Talk of the Town

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408358326
  • Catalog Number: 83583
  • Sales rank: 255,408

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
Adam Ayan Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She knows exactly what she's doing!

    If you like classic jazz singing, this is it. Just sit back and enjoy quality work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A superb singer with style!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sensual, sensitive and swingin'!

    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.

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