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Multiple Grammy Award®-winning artist Cheryl Bentyne (of Manhattan Transfer fame)
sings Cole Porter on this jazz vocal gem! When multiple Grammy®-winning singer Cheryl
Bentyne (Manhattan Transfer, Bobby McFerrin)
sings Cole Porter, humorous, sexy, and mysterious
sides all shine through!
Believed to be James Moody s final recordings prior
to his passing.
Winner of four Swing Journal Awards from Japan
the lady can sing!
A member of the Manhattan Transfer since 1979,
Bentyne s beautiful voice, wide range, versatility, and
impressive stage presence made her a major asset for
the popular vocal group from the start.

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Her voice is full of light, but that doesn t mean lightweight.
Bentyne s a wise stylist and there s nothing chilly about her
soprano; she has an inviting warm vocal tone. --Billboard

The results are glowing ... Bentyne has created a song cycle
here as warm and luxurious as an inviting bath. --Atlanta Journal Constitution

Cheryl has one of the best voices in the business, possessing
a musical intelligence with an abundance of heart which
makes her sound compelling. --JazzNow

The results are glowing ... Bentyne has created a song cycle
here as warm and luxurious as an inviting bath. --Atlanta Journal Constitution

Cheryl has one of the best voices in the business, possessing
a musical intelligence with an abundance of heart which
makes her sound compelling. --JazzNow


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 14, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SUMMIT RECORDS
  • ASIN: B008BRC7LE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds on September 16, 2012
Format: Audio CD
9-time Grammy-winning jazz vocalist/arranger Cheryl Bentyne once again steps away from the legendary 'Manhattan Transfer' foursome for her latest solo project based on composers of the Great American Song Book. Making a triumphant personal return, she serves up 14 slices of the Cole Porter song book on this recording. Using her hip, rangy soprano, she is a paragon of phrasing, intonation, a wondrous vibrato, and infectious swing, while giving her cohorts plenty of solo room based on interesting arrangements. She is surrounded by a superb group consisting of guitarists Tom McCauley, Octavio Bailey and Larry Koonse; Corey Allen on keyboards and banjo; Doug Webb on reeds; Chris Tedesco on trumpet; bassist Kevin Axt also on tuba; Dave Tull on drums/percussion; and 2 heroic performances by the late jazz tenor sax giant James Moody in one of his final recorded appearances. The 'best of the best' begins with a fiery "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" that starts with Bach-ian allusions. Then there's a mysterious, personalized "I Love Paris" and "Begin the Beguine". A sizzling latin-tinged "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" also has a hot Tedesco latin trumpet solo. A quick tempo "It's Alright With Me" has some sensational Bentyne and features a great guitar solo. James Moody comes out swinging on a sizzling "What Is This Thing Called Love" with Cheryl jumping in mid-song with gusto, singing on the arc of her voice. A wonderful "All of You" is a nod to Bentyne's 'Manhattan Transfer' roots in a 'vocalese' treatment of one of the most famous Miles Davis solos of them all-a great vocal and sax performance. And Cheryl turns 'flapper' with a 'Charleston' bounce on a wildly-swinging "Let's Misbehave", with period instrumentation and sound. Cheryl Bentyne shows off her zestful, inventive singing style on "Let's Misbehave" and it gets better with each listen. My Highest Recommendation. 5 IMPASSIONED Stars (14 tracks: Time: 55 mins, 44 secs)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By brent black on September 30, 2012
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Some reviews are so incredibly easy they literally write them self...

Such is the case with the latest from Cheryl Bentyne, Let's Misbehave The Cole Porter Songbook.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that this is apparently the last recording featuring the legendary James Moody before his passing, as with so many legends he will truly be missed.

This is not Bentyne's first go at the work of Cole Porter as in 2000 she recorded and released an album from her musical review based on the music and wit of Cole Porter, Dreaming of Mister Porter. With Let's Misbehave, Bentyne works her magic straight from her wheelhouse. The particularly nice aesthetic to this release is that the arrangements are for the most part very traditional. Bentyne does infuse a bit of Manhattan Transer influence into "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To." The classic "Night and Day" opens with a tasteful reharm with just the slightest tweak to make the tune her own but with an obvious deep and abiding respect from the iconic songbook from which she sings. The disc opens with "Love For Sale" and with impeccable phrasing and timing, Bentyne again takes full command of this legendary body of work and turns for what some might consider tired and predictable vocal jazz into a wonderfully entertaining release. As Bentyne approaches sixty her voice is in fine shape and there is plenty of gas still left in the tank. This is simply old school vocal jazz brought up to speed and made incredibly entertaining by a vocalist attempting to offer up a little something special for everyone.

To find fault with this recording would be taking hyper-critical to the next level. Not much to say here, after all it is Cole Porter.

A classic!

Brent Black [...]
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Loren on September 18, 2012
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This is definitely one of the best vocal jazz albums release this year. Scratch that, it's one of the best jazz albums release this year. Her voice is clear, crisp, swinging, sensitive, and seductive. Her joy and love for Porter's music and lyrics is evident on every track (sometimes i swear I can actually HEAR her smiling). Bentyne has now released two EXCELLENT "Song Book" albums ("The Gershwin Song Book is the other). Here's hoping another one is on her to do list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul on December 24, 2012
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Whether Cheryl is doing solo or sing with the Transfer, you're gonna love it. Mix in some Porter and you're good to go.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maurilio Fiorito on January 20, 2013
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Very nice singer, I know from the beginning with M.T., his solo performances are so beautiful.
This collecded music, knowing from many time, have a singular personal groove .
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By LeoM on July 7, 2014
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Bentyne’s is a voice I could easily fall in love with: warm, sensual, expressive, as when she sings “It’s Delovely” and “Let’s Misbehave,” which are terrific. The arrangements are very jazzy, with sax and guitar solos riffing on the tunes. Her rendition of “Begin the Beguine” is one of the oddest I’ve ever heard, her voice seemingly backed only by various percussion instruments. Well worth listening to, with untraditional jazz arrangements.
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By Marina Torpin on September 19, 2013
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This is one of my favorite albums. I live in Los Angeles area. There used to be many jazz clubs throughout the city. You could find me in one almost every week end. Cheryl takes me right back to one of the best jazz cub nights ever. FANTASTIC!!!
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I've been a big fan of the Manhattan Transfer for years, and I've been to plenty of the group's concert performances. Each member has been known to take their turn on stage doing a solo performance during the show, and Cheryl Bentyne's solo vocals are always lovely to take in. This is the first time I've purchased a solo CD from any of the MT members. Wow! I absolutely adore Cheryl's version of "Begin The Beguine," as it features only her voice and some entrancing percussion. Pure, clear, sparkiing vocals. The whole album is so enchanting to listen to. One can tell that Cheryl has such a respect and great love for some timeless American music from the Great American Songbook. Give this record a listen, you can't go wrong!
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