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Songs Of Our Time by Cheryl Bentyne
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Artist/Band:Cheryl Bentyne
Name:Songs Of Our Time
Cat No.:KICJ-535
Performed by:Cheryl Bentyne (vocal)
Corey Allen (keyboard,piano)
Kevin Axt (bass)
Gannin Arnold (guitar)
Tom McCauley (guitar,percussion)
Dave Tull (drums,percussion)
Doug Webb (recorder,sax)
Release Date:06/25/2008
Description:Winner of Swing Journal 2008 Jazz Disc Vocal Award!
Swing Journal Gold Disc!


Cheryl Bentyne, known as an important member of the super vocal group Manhattan Transfer, has had a successful solo career as well, and has released several well-received solo CDs from King Records of Japan. Now comes her latest release, Songs Of Our Time.

As the title indicates, this is a collection of hit songs from the past few decades -- Bentyne's take on "standards" of our time. The eclectic selections include songs composed or made famous by The Carpenters, Carol King, Brenda Russell, Joni Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper and Norah Jones. For a nod to Japanese fans, she included a very popular ballad by a Japanese rock band "Ellie My Love."

Bentyne does not "jazz up" these tunes too much: She mostly sings the tunes straight and with very little improvisation. With her husband and talented pianist Corey Allen as co-producer and a cracking band of Los Angeles-based jazz musicians such as Kevin Axt (The Tierney Sutton Band), what she tried to do here was to give us a very high quality, adult-oriented pop album.

And, I must say, she succeeded! The tempi are mostly medium to slow, and the mood is relaxed and mellow. While the CD may be a bit more "produced" than typical straight-ahead jazz CDs, the sound quality is superb and will please audiophiles as well. A strong recommendation for jazz fans and non-jazz fans alike!

Produced by Corey Allen and Tom McCauley. Recorded on January 29 and 30 and February 12 and 14, 2008 at B2 Studios, Valley Village, CA.

Album Tracks:
1. The Masquerade
2. Get Here
3. I Can't Make You Love Me
4. Don't Know Why
5. Close To YouMP3 Sample
6. It Might Be You
7. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
8. Heart Of The Matter
9. Time After TimeMP3 Sample
10. Both Sides NowMP3 Sample
11. Calling You
12. Ellie My Love
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