- Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
- Original Release Date: 2000
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Telarc
- ASIN: B00016XN6Q
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.
Ms. Bentyne wisely sticks to familiar standard territory here with superb readings of "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," "Girl Talk" (with some help from two of the members of Take 6), "Farmer's Market" (easily one of my favorite tracks, showing her amazing vocalese talents), "Meaning of the Blues" (just voice and piano here - perfect), "Love Me or Leave Me" (which reminds me somewhat of the late, great Nina Simone's version), a Latin-flavored treatment of "It Might as Well Be Spring," and so on.
Cheryl is ably backed by high caliber musician talent (Barron, Nash, Pattitucci, Mangione, and so on) and guided lovingly by Corey Allen's production.
Everyone who has posted so far has said all there really is to say. Fans of Manhattan Transfer (I am proud to be among them) as well as jazz vocal fans in general will embrace this long-overdue offering!!
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Cheryl Bentyne is simply the best. She is the best of so many elements of female jazz singers in one great package. Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by DarkroomPhotog
I just didn't care for this album. Ms. Bentyne seems to be trying too hard to be sexy, and misses the soul inherent in these songs. But that's just me obviously.Published on March 25, 2014 by Scott DeMoss
Beautiful lady, beautiful voice, and great songs. I am, currently, exploring her other solo material. Of course, I have always loved Manhatten Transfer.Published on May 26, 2013 by Willie F. Jones
New artist for me. Great CD to add to my collection of favorite female singers performning standards and jazz. Read morePublished on October 1, 2009 by M. Suvanto
The first time I heard The Manhattan Transfer I was hooked to the freshness and acuracy of the group. Why did it take Cheryl Bentyne so long to present her own album? Read morePublished on August 29, 2007 by Helen Sachs
Everything glowing that other reviewers have said about this performance is mostly true. I would have given it 5 stars if not for a problem with the recording, and it's a bad... Read morePublished on June 14, 2007 by Craig Burgess
The cd and the choice of the songs are very good. I don't regret having bought this cd. I didn't know Cheryl Bentyne. I heard her through Amazon.comPublished on September 5, 2006 by Patricia Machado Pinto
Cheryl Bentyne epitomizes good music and her voice is simply marvelous. She sings these time-tested standards so beautifully. Read morePublished on December 6, 2005 by Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue*