Talk Of The Town
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Audio CD, January 1, 2000
Vocalist Cheryl Bentyne, a 25-year member of the legendary Manhattan Transfer, steps into the solo spotlight with the release of 'Talk of the Town', her debut on the Telarc label. Bentyne brings her sexy, compelling vocal style to a collection of standards from the great American songbook, including "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "The Very Thought of You" and "These Foolish Things." Her skilled interpretations are augmented by an all-star lineup of some of the most prominent names in the current jazz scene including pianist Kenny Barron, tenor saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman, flugelhornist Chuck Mangione, percussionist Don Alias and bassist John Patitucci. Personnel: Cheryl Bentyne - (vocals), Don Alias - (percussion), Kenny Baron - (piano), Corey Allen - (piano, organ), John Patitucci - (bass), Lewis Nash - (drums), Chuck Mangione - (flugelhorn), David "Fathead" Newman - (saxophone) and others
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.45 inches; 3.43 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Telarc
- Item model number : 2023718
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Telarc
- ASIN : B00016XN6Q
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #94,360 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Don't get me wrong - she sings these songs wonderfully. But the recording of her voice is problematic. It buzzes very slightly, particularly when she puts a little oomph into it or reaches for the higher register notes. It's not hugely distorted, but it's enough to catch your ear and make you wonder if you're really hearing what you think you're hearing. The effect is comparable to making her voice just a little bit fuzzy around the edges and stands in stark and striking contrast to the finely detailed recording of the accompanying musicians. On my first listening, I was afraid the problem was in my equipment, that my home listening room speakers had been damaged somehow. Now, after hearing the disc on my car stereo, and through several different pairs of earphones and headphones, I've come to the conclusion the problem is the recording and not my system.
This is especially frustrating when everything else about the disc is great, and frankly it's incomprehensible coming from Telarc. I'd send the disc back for an exchange, but I can't imagine it could be a problem with my particular copy, or even any batch or run of discs. But I could be wrong. If anyone else has had this problem, or if they have the disc and can say without question that their copy does *not* suffer from this effect, please let me know. For reference, I've found it to be most readily audible in "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" and "These Foolish Things," though it's there for the most part throughout the disc.
Enter Cheryl Bentyne, an unforced, unproduced, and "natural" musician who's got the best of the repertory in her pocket and, rhythmically, is always right "in the pocket."
At first, Cheryl's voice is likely to strike a casual listener as "plain" and just unsexy. No Krall sultriness or Monheit melodrama--hers is a voice devoid of breathiness and emotive, coloratura effects. In fact, a great deal of its charm is its refusal to change its identity from the ensemble sound so essential to her effectiveness as a member of Manhattan Transfer. I'm getting no sense of "attitude," no heightening of lyric drama, no unwarranted projection of the "big" notes. This is singing that's as transparent and unaffected as it gets--and also as competent.
I'm tempted to add that Bentyne lets the songs themselves do all the talking for her. But listen to the Sinatra phrasing on "Everything Happens to Me." And dig that nanosecond of vibrato, or spinning little shake--and not just on "Farmer's Market"--at the ends of her phrases. (Did Annie Ross possibly teach that?) And it should not go unsaid that this is a singer who, like Sarah, doesn't require scat. Her melodically-altered second choruses (especially on "Get Out of Town") are a marvel of invention in themselves.
The Kenny Barron-led rhythm section is, as usual, flawless, though the inclusion of Take 6 was for this listener gratuitous if not distracting.