【Cheryl Bentyne - Let's Misbehave: Cole Porter Songbook】(2012) ★★★★☆

 


(English follows the Japanese)

By Takaaki Kondo

癌を克服して見事に復活したCheryl Bentyne。この作品は2009年に日本制作・日本のみで販売されたAlbum "Cole Porter Songbook"の米国でのリリースです

もうとにかく上手いです。本当に上手い。流石に34年間(!)The Manhattan Transferのメンバーであり続けているだけはあります。ちなみに彼女がThe Manhattan Transferのオーディションを受けたのは1978年。合格の知らせを聞いたのは昼間ウエイトレスのアルバイトをしていた最中だったそうです

「上手い」とはテクニカルに上手い(特に正確なピッチと声色のコントロールが素晴らしい)のと、「表現力」がスゴイんですね。一小節も『抜いた』歌い方をしない。歌詞の一言一言が、Melodyの一音一音が「Cheryl節」になっている。歌詞を見ながら一緒に歌ってみると全然シンクロできない。かなり大胆にMelody Fakeを使っている等驚くほど様々なテクニック、趣向を駆使しているのがわかります。しかしそれが全然鼻につかない。「技術を見せるため」ではなく「最高の音楽を創るため」に使われている。まさに

『語るように歌い、歌うように語る』

を地で行っています

M7
では有名なマイルス・デイビスのソロをお得意のヴォ-カリーズで料理する他、超有名&人気曲のM9では意表をついてバッハのパルティータをイントロでスキャットするなど余裕を見せています。それにしてもCherylのソプラノは搾りたてのレモン・ジュースのようにフレッシュで爽やか

極上です!

Excellent!!!

 

(Personnel)

Cheryl Bentyne: vocals

James Moody: saxophone

Corey Allen: piano, keyboards, banjo

Kevin Axt: bass, tuba

Larry Koonse, Octavio Bailly, Tom McCauley: guitars

Tom McCauley: mandola

Dave Tull, Tom McCauley: drums, percussion

Doug Webb: saxophone, clarinet

Chris Tedesco: trumpet

 

1. Love For Sale (5:16)

2. It's Alright With Me (4:07)

3. My Heart Belongs To Daddy (3:14)

4. I Love Paris (3:21)

5. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (3:03)

6. Night and Day (4:14)

7. Just One of Those Things (2:17)

8. What is this thing called Love (3:36)

9. Begin the Beguine (3:34)

10. All of You (3:37)

11. I Concentrate on You (6:40)

12. It's Delovely (3:53)

13. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (5:44)

14. Let's Misbehave (2:12)

 

Cheryl Bentyne - Official Website

http://cherylbentyne.net/

 

Preview

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lets-misbehave-cole-porter/id544261497

 

Buy CD

http://www.amazon.co.jp/Lets-Misbehave-Cole-Porter-Songbook/dp/B008BRC7LE

 

Video

Cheryl Bentyne - Everytime we say goodbye

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WOUoTcYU-s

 

 Review

Her voice is full of light, but that doesn t mean lightweight. Bentyne s a wise stylist and there s nothing chilly about her soprano; she has an inviting warm vocal tone. --Billboard

 

The results are glowing ... Bentyne has created a song cycle here as warm and luxurious as an inviting bath. --Atlanta Journal Constitution

 

Cheryl has one of the best voices in the business, possessing a musical intelligence with an abundance of heart which makes her sound compelling.

 --JazzNow

 

The results are glowing ... Bentyne has created a song cycle here as warm and luxurious as an inviting bath.

 --Atlanta Journal Constitution

 

Cheryl has one of the best voices in the business, possessing a musical intelligence with an abundance of heart which makes her sound compelling.

 --JazzNow

 

You come back from cancer knowing you are mortal you are therefore human so Cole Porters ability to cover the human condition seems so right for Cheryl Bentyne, long of Manhattan Transfer. And it is. Thoughtful, playful, wry, romantic, longing, lustful. With that cultured, shining voice that sparkles like late summer sun setting on a rippling sea, she brings us all the varied and rich life of those songs. Life romance, passion, love, misbehavin is at the core of Porter. And Bentyne as well. She is back from treatment, from her struggle with those demented cells called cancer and she could hardly be better. Shes playful on My Heart Belongs to Daddy, a playful song. She is moody on What is This Thing Called Love, a moody song. She is grateful and pensive on I Concentrate on You; a pensive . . . well, you get the picture. You can almost imagine Cheryl singing in one of Porters luxury Paris places while he accompanies on piano Scott Fitzgerald might be there she is so right for his music. The song list is so Alright with Me: the alluring Begin the Beguine, the ironical philosophical Just One of Those Things, the easy graceful I Love Paris. If you are more twentieth century than twenty-first, you know these songs, you just know them even if they were written years, decades before you were born. In my notes, I kept wanting to write that this song then this song then this song is at the center of American popular music. I was right each time. And Cheryl Bentynes recording of each one of these songs here could serve as the classic rendition, the real deal version, the core of Porters musical vision. Begin the Beguine rises to a nearly operatic quality, think Italian aria. Its Delovely is a little Porter wordplay that shows creativity can come from the light side as well as the dark. There is joy in his music that makes it endure. The Beatles have that quality. Not so many others. The musicianship throughout is superb: the late James Moodys sax wonderful on a couple tunes, Corey Allen echoing Porters piano surely, Chris Tedesco perfect where a trumpet is needed and on and on, all of them. I like that Cheryl lists herself as one of the musicians, her voice her superb instrument. As Its Delovely finally got me to stop taking notes and just listen, sway a little listen, I knew somehow that Cheryl had saved the best for last on this album, confirmed by my journeying to a smoky room that now exists only in black and white films from, say, 1939 in Every Time We Say Goodbye. Thats right, its not just a song in her hands: its a movie, its a book, its the American songbook. And the title song done like a tinny recording from the earliest days of making records, well, its a treat for all. It concludes the album on such an upbeat note. One of the things cancer steals is the brightness of your mind and soul. The darkness gathers. When they told me I had it, I wandered out of the doctors office and could have been hit by a truck I was so distracted. But cancer is no longer a certain death sentence. I recovered and this wonderful American artist did as well. To sing the songs of another great American artist. What one cancer survivor can perceive in another is the recognition that life wherever it springs from and Porter is all about life is very, very dear and not to be missed for even a moment.

 - By Brian Arsenault

 

Rich and creamy with a shot of Tabasco. That is the best way to describe the sophisticated composing of Cole Porter and the soprano voice necessary to make it real: that of Cheryl Bentyne. Focused collections like this accomplish two things. First, they present a concentration of given composer's work, bringing together a unified repertoire, and two, allow the performer to take all the necessary latitude to make the music new. The coupling of Porter and Bentyne is one perhaps even better than her tryst with Gershwin but gratefully, we don't have to say. From the fragrant R&B of "Love for Sale" to the sassy "Let's Misbehave," Bentyne spins magic with the sharply defined arrangements of pianist/producer Corey Allen, whose sensitive accompaniment on "Just One of Those Things" mixed with Bentyne's broad midrange creates perfection. "What is This Thing Called Love" and "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" feature the late James Moody, whose breathy tenor summons Ben Webster by way of Stan Getz in a way only Moody could affect. Drummer Dave Tull is featured alone with Bentyne on a stunning "Begin The Beguine" duet. This is music making of intelligence and imagination. Bentyne's finest moments are many. "It's Alright With Me" sports a brisk tempo and fine guitar solo by Larry Koonse. "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" is given a hard Latin rhythm that raises the temperature to a simmer, and simmer Bentyne does, delivering the lyrics with not mere coquettishness, but with sexy playfulness and experience. "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" is a ballad transformed by a faster tempo and clipped delivery, again giving evidence that with the proper arrangement, any song can be transmuted into something new. Yes, Bentyne is back and feeling better than ever. In spite of all of the chicken-little-the-sky-is-falling reportage regarding recorded music in general and jazz in particular, there remains a flood of vocal jazz recordings released. Most of them are good. Some of them are very good. But the truly exceptional jazz singer is just that: truly exceptional. And you know them when you hear them, no matter how much you listen and no matter how low the signal-to-noise ratio gets. Cheryl Bentyne is the consummate jazz singer who will continue to remind us what exceptional jazz singing is. Welcome back, sister.

- by C. MICHAEL BAILEY

 

Album Details

Multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Cheryl Bentyne (of Manhattan Transfer fame) sings Cole Porter on this jazz vocal gem! When Bentyne sings Cole Porter, humorous, sexy, and mysterious sides all shine through. Believed to be James Moody's final recordings prior to his passing. Winner of four Swing Journal Awards from Japan the lady can sing. A member of the Manhattan Transfer since 1979, Bentyne s beautiful voice, wide range, versatility, and impressive stage presence made her a major asset for the popular vocal group from the start.