Chicago singer Christy Bennett has been influenced by and performed the work other share of jazz legends, but her specialty is uncovering the gifts of lesser known songwriters, especially women. On her new album, Good Morning Heartache: the Music of Irene Higginbotham, she explores the work of an overlooked ‘40s composer (nice of the great swing trombonist J.C. Higginbotham) who is perhaps best known for her work with Billie Holiday but also wrote songs recorded by Anita O’Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee and Nat King Cole.
"Bennett's voice was sweet and supple, and her relaxed, soft-edge phrasing flowed with the relaxed confidence of a true jazz singer." Chicago Classical Review
"Bennett is able to change from chanson to chanteuse with aplomb." George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
"Bennett sings in French with a creamy soprano voice that rides beautifully over the swooning rhythms. " "As mesmerizing as the instrumental side of this project is, Bennett's singing puts it over the top. Her voice glides purely and effortlessly over the melodies. As enduring as Reinhardt's music has proven over the years, Christy Bennett singing it with French lyrics brings a new emotional depth." Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz