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Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VIII

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Cheryl Bentyne (and Mark Winkler) Eastern Standard Time Café Pacific Records

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Cheryl Bentyne / Mark Winkler: Cheryl Bentyne / Mark Winkler: West Coast Cool

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In 2010, veteran Los Angeles singer/lyricist Mark Winkler joined forces with the Manhattan Transfer's lead singer, multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Cheryl Bentyne, playing the music of the '50s and '60s commonly known as West Coast Jazz at venues throughout California and elsewhere. West Coast Cool is this remarkable duo's music-only version of their live show, turning its passion for the music into a vocal tribute of one of the most important styles in jazz history.Defining the style may not ...

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Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler: West Coast Cool

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In 2010, jazz vocal specialists Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler began a collaboration that resulted in a live show entitled West Coast Cool that they presented at different venues on the West Coast and beyond. Summit Records commits this show to digital with an album of the same title that is something special. While programming a recording is always a major production responsibility, that responsibility is lessened when the recital is one well practiced and part of a previously conceived ...

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Cheryl Bentyne & City of Hope All-Star Jazz Benefit: Hollywood, CA, August 11, 2012

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Cheryl Bentyne & City of Hope All-Star Jazz BenefitCatalina Jazz ClubHollywood, CAAugust 11, 2012After kicking off Saturday night's festivities with a hard-charging version of Cole Porter's “It's Alright With Me," a beaming Cheryl Bentyne welcomed Catalina Jazz Club's capacity audience by effusing over the wide array of talent that had assembled for the occasion. Event musical director Ted Howe was poised at the grand piano and ready to swing, with performers like singers Lorraine Feather, ...

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Cheryl Bentyne Sings the Winners

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It is not so hard to sing jazz music, at least, if such is measured by the glut, deluge, plethora or superabundance of jazz vocal recordings released each season. Where bandleader and composer Duke Ellington once opined that that there are only two types of music, good and bad, you could say that some of this music is good and some is superior. The vast majority of jazz vocal recordings are good. Very few, necessarily, are superior. So, while it ...

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Cheryl Bentyne: The Gershwin Songbook

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Cheryl Bentyne's The Gershwin Songbook is among the best vocal albums of 2010. A member of The Manhattan Transfer since 1979, she frequently strikes out on her own to record, and has released eight albums in the past two decades. Perfecting her talent in vocalese with Manhattan Transfer, Bentyne performs jazz choruses with a pitch-perfect soprano in the tradition of Annie Ross, by way of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. In this set of 15 Gershwin classics, she ...

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Cheryl Bentyne: The Book of Love

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Much like fellow West Coaster Karrin Allyson, Cheryl Bentyne has shown a certain affection for thematic recordings. Allyson released her superb Coltrane tribute, Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane, in 2001, and Bentyne answered with her own tribute to Anita O'Day, Let Me Off Uptown, in 2005. Bentyne now returns with The Book of Love, a suite of standards based on a literary motif.

The Book of Love is divided into a seven chapters covering longing, flirtation, lust, love, joy, ...

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Cheryl Bentyne: Let Me Off Uptown

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Away from the multi-Grammy winning Manhattan Transfer, soprano Cheryl Bentyne has taken this opportunity to put together a fine tribute to the under-appreciated Anita O'Day. The caliber of musicianship is top-notch, with Bill Holman conducting the “Mighty Little Big Horns, a group of first-rate Los Angeles musicians, among them Pete Christlieb, a robust tenor saxophonist heard just briefly on the closer, the O'Day original “Waiter, Make Mine Blues. Trumpeter Jack Sheldon sits in on a few numbers, ...

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Cheryl Bentyne on "Let Me Off Uptown"

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There's no mistaking her soprano voice -- whether she's going solo or performing with what's perhaps the best jazz vocal group of all time: The Manhattan Transfer. Either way, Cheryl Bentyne has fun when she sings, and her joy is carried over to the listener. Her new album, Let Me Off Uptown, is proof. Opening with the swinging title song, a duet with trumpeter/vocalist Jack Sheldon, and continuing with the moody “Skylark, the album is Bentyne's tribute to ...

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Cheryl Bentyne: Let Me Off Uptown

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Some listeners will be completely satisfied with transparent pop vocalists like Mariah Carey. Others can only be satisfied with densely difficult jazz vocalists, like Lisa Sokolov or Betty Carter. But, as in politics, there also exists an enormous moderate middle ground, a population which craves musical excellence but may not crave the experimental edge. Cheryl Bentyne's new recording is perfect for the latter group.

Let Me Off Uptown, Bentyne's tribute to one of the most talented and difficult ...