Silvia Bennett: Sonrie (2011)
Inspired by her passion for Latin music, the South Florida singer has long sought to record an album of familiar standards in Spanish, and with Sonrie, Bennett finally realizes this dream. A veteran singer with vocal assets well-suited for ballads and love songs, her smooth approach to the music serves to enrich the album's gentle landscape with timely support from the Vienna Strings' lush background arrangements.
Bennett voices Consuelo Velasquez Torres Ortiz's internationally recognized "Bésame Mucho" with a measure of passion, this gorgeous interpretation enhanced by pianist Mike Levine and guitarist Hal S. Batt. The beautiful title track is as lovely in Spanish as it is in English, bolstered by Levine's string arrangement and Batt's light picking.
Bennett and her group lay down wonderful renditions of "Perfidia" and Alvaro Carrillo's immortal "Sabor a MI," capping off a session of timeless love songs. Sung with as much grace and taste in Spanish as would be expected in English, Bennett's Sonrie is sure to elicit a smile.
Track Listing: Mirada de Amor; Besame Mucho; Por Ti; Sonrie; Quien Sera; Somos Novios; Cuando Vuelva a Tu Lado; Tanto Vivir; Perfidia; La Sombra de Tu Amor; El Reloj; Sabor a Mi.
Personnel: Silvia Bennett: vocals; Mike Levine: piano, Vienna Strings arrangements; Chuck Bergeron: bass (1, 4, 7, 8, 10); Ranses Colon: bass (2, 3, 5, 6, 9); Richard Bravo: drums, percussion (1, 4, 7, 10); Hal S. Batt: guitars; Geremy Miller: violin (1, 4, 7, 10).
Record Label: Out of Sight Music