Cheryl Bentyne: Talk Of The Town (2003)
Famous for her work with the Manahattan Transfer, Bentyne here explores a repertoire of classic jazz tunes, including standards like Gus Kahn’s “Love Me or Leave Me,” Porter’s “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To,” and Rodgers and Harts’ oft-visited “It Might As Well Be Spring.” In addition, Bentyne offers a few surprises, such as the challenging and excellently performed Thelonious Monk composition, “Little Butterfly,” and “Still Good Friends,” for which Bentyne wrote the lyrics. Bentyne’s refined readings and pleasant tone lend each piece a certain poise, while her exuberance infuses an overall sense of celebration and positivism to even the most melancholic selections.
For those interested in a picturesque, well-executed survey of jazz song performed by a vocalist well-versed in the material and clearly interested in maintaining the traditions historical continuity, Talk of the Town will surely please.
Track Listing: 1. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To 2. They Can't Take That Away From Me 3. Little Butterfly 4. The Very Thought Of You 5. Love Me or Leave Me 6. Everything Happens To Me 7. Farmer's Market 8. Talk Of The Town/Get Out Of Town 9. Girl Talk 10. The Meaning Of The Blues 11. It Might As Well Be Spring 12. These Foolish Things 13. Still Good Friends
Personnel: Cheryl Bentyne: Vocals; Kenny Barron, Corey Allen: Piano; Corey Allen: Organ; John Patitucci: Bass; Don Alias: Percussion; David "Fathead" Newman:Tenor Sax; Chuck Mangione: Flugelhorn; Mark Kibble and Alvin Chea: Background Vocals.
Record Label: Telarc Records