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Cheryl Bentyne: The Gershwin Songbook

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Cinquantasette anni, da più di trenta voce dei Manhattan Transer (da quando sostituì Laurel Massé, vittima di un grave incidente automobilistico), dal '92 Cheryl Bentyne coltiva anche una produzione in proprio, di cui quest'ultimo capitolo verte interamente sul repertorio gershwiniano. Niente di nuovo sotto il sole, ovviamente: riletture con voce e ritmica (con frequenti e sempre inappuntabili incursioni di flauto e clarinetto) che più classiche non si potrebbe.

Tutto ciò si porta dietro, quasi fisiologicamente, una sub stantia che sa di cliché, di disimpegno, di entertainment, di efficienza/brillantezza un po' vacue, di protocollo, per quanto - anzi: in quanto - di totale pertinenza/ortodossia linguistico-espressiva. Le cose migliori sembrano arrivare da un "Summertime" condotto quasi in falsetto su un arrangiamento più asciutto che altrove (con Gordon primattore) e da un "The Man I Love" virato verso il manouche (qui è Peplowski a distinguersi, oltre ovviamente alla chitarra di Koonse).

In conclusione, un album per patiti del genere, o per chi ami circondarsi di un jazz inteso come spezia discreta e aproblematica, ingrediente più che piatto forte (o magari unico...), mezzo e non fine. Per tutti gli altri il suggerimento è di passare tranquillamente oltre.


Track Listing: Fascinating Rhythm/I Got Rhythm; Love Is Here to Stay; Isn't It A Pity; Summertime; A Foggy Day; Lady Be Good; Someone To Watch Over Me; How Long Has This Been Going On; The Man I Love; I've Got A Crush On You; But Not For Me; Let's Call the Whole Thing Off; Nice Work If You Can Get It; S'Wonderful.

Personnel: Cheryl Bentyne: vocals; Corey Allen: piano; Ted Howe: piano; Kevin Axt: bass; Larry Koonse: guitar: Dave Tull: drums, background vocal; Ken Peplowski: clarinet; Peter Gordon: flute; Mark Winkler: vocalist.

Title: The Gershwin Songbook | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: ArtistShare

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