The Manhattan Transfer
's Cheryl Bentyne
tries a solo album of pop standards, backed by trumpeter/producer/arranger Mark Isham
, and comes up with a winner. Bentyne
sings both evergreens like the title track, "Fever," and Duke Ellington
's "I Didn't Know About You," plus newer material, in a sensuous, smoky voice that sounds made for a late-night second set, and even with the somewhat modernistic backings Isham
conceives, the songs have a traditional feel. An excellent entry in the classic pop lists.