Gosh! Is it that time of the year already? Nashville singer, Cynthia Kaay Bennett unveiled her new Christmas CD on October 1st. Having reviewed Cynthia's debut album Wish I Knew
a couple of years ago, I'm not surprised that this release is nothing less than great.
Ms. Bennett's approach to this eclectic mix can be best described as warm and classy
. Her personal arrangement of the venerable Silent Night
is stunning. I played it three times! Cynthia's warm attack is equally sympathetic on Gordon Lightfoot's beautiful Song For a Winter's Night
Jazz fans will ask "So where's the Jazz?". I'll tell you there's plenty on this CD. Bennett is able to scat in fine fashion and she swings out in style on I Pray On Christmas
, That Spirit Of Christmas
and others. The yuletide classics have not been forgotten. Mel Torme's Christmas Song
, What Are You Doing New Years Eve
and Johnny Moore's Merry Christmas Baby
receive a fresh but reverent treatment by the Nashville chanteuse.
Cynthia Kaay Bennett retains the top-notch musicians who appeared on her debut release in 2001. Guitarist Andy Reiss and bassist Charlie Chadwick interact perfectly with Bennett's jazzy attitude. Pianist, Catherine Styron Marx is a particular favorite of mine. She is a Nashville studio player who has recorded with Ronnie Milsap, Sharon Moore and many others. Catherine swings incessantly on this shakin' Christmas album.
You've heard it all when Cynthia closes with the most touching version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
. The lady delivers some very pretty notes. That's The Spirit
will get a lot of play around our house this year.