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A specialist in interpreting music from The Great American Songbook, Grammy-nominated vocalist Silvia Bennett once again delivers an album of classic standards from the past with one major twist: she sings the lyrics in Spanish. Sonrie (Smile) is a Spanish-language follow-up to Smile (Out of Sight Music, 2010), presenting a largely different repertoire that also reprises the Charles Chaplin title song, Johnny Mandel's "The Shadow of Your Smile" ("La Sombra de Tu Amor") and Burt F. Bacharach's "The Look of Love" ("Mirada de Amor").
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.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com