Some reviews are so incredibly easy they literally write them self...
Such is the case with the latest from Cheryl Bentyne, Let's Misbehave The Cole Porter Songbook.
I would be remiss if I did not mention that this is apparently the last recording featuring the legendary James Moody before his passing, as with so many legends he will truly be missed.
This is not Bentyne's first go at the work of Cole Porter as in 2000 she recorded and released an album from her musical review based on the music and wit of Cole Porter, Dreaming of Mister Porter. With Let's Misbehave, Bentyne works her magic straight from her wheelhouse. The particularly nice aesthetic to this release is that the arrangements are for the most part very traditional. Bentyne does infuse a bit of Manhattan Transer influence into "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To." The classic "Night and Day" opens with a tasteful reharm with just the slightest tweak to make the tune her own but with an obvious deep and abiding respect from the iconic songbook from which she sings. The disc opens with "Love For Sale" and with impeccable phrasing and timing, Bentyne again takes full command of this legendary body of work and turns for what some might consider tired and predictable vocal jazz into a wonderfully entertaining release. As Bentyne approaches sixty her voice is in fine shape and there is plenty of gas still left in the tank. This is simply old school vocal jazz brought up to speed and made incredibly entertaining by a vocalist attempting to offer up a little something special for everyone.
To find fault with this recording would be taking hyper-critical to the next level. Not much to say here, after all it is Cole Porter.
Tracks: Love For Sale; It's All Right With Me; My Heart Belongs To Daddy; I Love Paris; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; Night And Day; Just One Of Those Things; What Is This Thing Called Love; Begin The Beguine; All Of You; I Concentrate On You; It's Delovely; Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye; Let's Misbehave.
Personnel: Cheryl Bentyne: vocals; Corey Allen: piano & keyboards & banjo; Kevin Axt: basses & tuba; Larry Koonse: guitar solos; Octavio Bailly: acoustic guitars; Tom McCauley: percussion, mandola & acoustic guitars; Dave Tull: drums & percussion; Doug Webb: saxes & clarinet; Chris Tedesco: trumpet.
James Moody: (8,13).