Cheryl Bentyne wonderful Stephen Sondheim tribute Cheryl Bentyne – REARRANGEMENTS OF SHADOWS: Ah, I just knew I had reviewed Cheryl’s fantastic vocal work before… it’s been a while, in issue # 136, to be exact, with Mark Winkler. As you listen to ultimately cool songs like “The Ladies Who Lunch“, you’ll hear why my first review highlighted her ability to help you chill in a big way… Cheryl sings with The Manhattan Transfer, so I’m sure that’s part of where her cool comes from… of course, the real deal is her vocal TALENT, aye?
Many of Sondheim’s songs are difficult for vocalists with less skill to interpret within their own life experiences, but as you listen to the beautiful vocal blending Cheryl achieves on “Send In The Clowns“, you’ll feel like this is your own life’s circus… I’m already listening to this one on my iPhone over & over again! (Hint – this would have made an excellent video trailer)…
I didn’t know it before reading Cheryl’s bio, but she’s actually a fellow Great NorthWester… born in Mount Vernon, Washington, just up the road from my studios… that sense of full-tilt mellow jazz comes through on all her vocals, but especially on tunes like my personal favorite of the ten she offers up on the new album… “Not A Day Goes By“… her performance on this song will remind you of loves lost, and inspire you to find new ones… a truly wonderful jazz tune!
I give Cheryl a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this superb release. This is, in fact, the “hippest” vocal set I’ve heard (yet) in 2018; Cheryl is the “real deal” when it comes to jazz vocals! Get more information at Cheryl’s Apple Music preview page. Rotcod Zzaj
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