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by Edward Blanco
The Great American Songbook is full of love songs that have stood the test of time through countless interpretations by the greatest singers in the world. In searching for new ways to recast such standards--without serving up the same old tunes in the same worn out fashion--Sylvia Bennett takes her turn at voicing many of these familiar songs and, with Smile, breathing new life into a dozen oft-recorded standards. To distinguish the album from other similar recordings, Bennett and longtime ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
The best comment that one could make regarding Sylvia Bennett's Songs From The Heart is that the singer's presentation of a dozen pretty well-worn tunes from The Great American Songbook is pretty good. Her bright and well-enunciated versions of such time-respected fare as Rodgers and Hart's My Funny Valentine," Gershwin's Someone to Watch Over Me" and Razaf/Waller's Ain't Misbehavin'" are almost enough to reawaken interest in these veteran love songs. Only on I Still Love You," a ballad contributed by ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Meet Sylvia Bennett : People have tried to compare Sylvia Bennett's voice to other great singers of the past and present. But perhaps late great jazz legend Lionel Hampton described Sylvia best when he said, Man, the lady can sing! Her magic gets to the ears and hearts of the audience. Sylvia is truly an original!"Giant of the jazz world and king of the vibraphone, Lionel Hampton, and the silken-voiced songstress, Sylvia Bennett, have made some wonderful magic ...read more