"WISH I KNEW"
CYNTHIA KAAY BENNETT - Vocals
CATHERINE STYRON - Piano and Synthesized Marimba
ANDY REISS - Guitar
CHARLIE CHADWICK - Bass
JOHN GARDNER - Drums
REESE WYNANS - B3 Organ
SAM BACCO - Percussion
MICHAEL WEBB - Engineer / Doublekick Productions
Charlie Chadwick & Cynthia Kaay Bennett
Charlie Chadwick & Cynthia Kaay Bennett
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Copyright 2001 CaraMia Music
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What the Critics have to say:
Artist: Cynthia Kaay Bennett
CD Title: Wish I Knew
Record Label: Cara Mia Music
Style: Jazz Vocals
Musicians: Cynthia Kaay Bennett (vocals); Catherine Styron (piano); Andy Reiss (guitar); Charlie Chadwick (bass); John Gardner (drums); Reese Wynans (Hammond B-3); Sam Bacco (percussion).
Review: Nashville vocalist has just released a fine debut jazz CD. The Ohio born singer has experimented with various music styles, finally settling with jazz. I think she made a wise decision, as she seems most comfortable within a mainstream small group. Cynthia is also no stranger to big bands and has shared the stage with a number of large groups at festivals and galas.
Although a couple of standards are included, the meat of this album lies in Cynthia's treatment of her own compositions and those of some lesser known writers including Michael McGrew, Scott Carter, Fred Knobloch, Steve Goodman and Walt Wilkins. Relatively unknown writers often turn out gems and there are some prime examples here. I was captivated by Cynthia's sensitive interpretation of "Jones For You", "Thinkin' ‘Bout You", "Getting What I Deserve" and the hauntingly beautiful "A Lover Is Forever." The young singer seems at home with the blues and several songs have a great "blues feeling", especially "If That Ain't Love."
The instrumentalists perform their own brand of magic behind the vocalist with Andy Reiss, Catherine Styron, Charlie Chadwick and Reese Wynans being worthy of special mention. Cynthia Kaay Bennett is a singer to watch; an "up and comer" and she's breathing fire.
Reviewed by: Richard Bourcier
CYNTHIA KAAY BENNETT
"Wish I Knew"
CaraMia Music ã, 2001
This album is an absolute labor of love. One listen is all it takes. Cynthia has the grit to open the album with "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered". She sings the very meaningful verse. Most people today don't know what the "verse" is, but it appears in most standard tunes. The "verse" is the intro to the story of the song. Excellent choice and performance, Cynthia. Producer Charlie Chadwick does a great job of selecting tempos for all the songs. The second cut, "Blame it on the Night" is a laid back but swinging Brazilian effect on this solid tune. The title cut is a Rod McGaha-penned beauty, "Wish I Knew". We're happy Cynthia has the honor of introducing it to us. It is good hearing Reese Wynans throughout the tracks presented. His work on "Thinkin' 'Bout You" is good to hear. Producer Chadwick really profiles his acoustic bass talent on both "A Lover is Forever" and "Mood Indigo". This is a fun album to review in many ways. First off, the singer really sings in tune. Many times, singers use style to offset poor intonation. Not so here. This is a pure voice. The music is tasteful because all the players completely support the vocalist. Buy it!
Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society
Kaay Bennett’s CD “Wish I Knew” is simply lovely. On this CD, Cynthia provides the listener with a variety of
sounds from pretty to playful. I
always wondered how Cynthia sounded so happy when she sings, then I went to hear
her live. She literally sings with a smile on her face that translates to her
music in a neat way! She’s a
beautiful girl with a beautiful style. I
have enjoyed “Wish I Knew” so much…as have my listeners! I can’t wait
for the next one!
Carroll, host of “The Jazz Brunch” â
WRVF Toledo, 101.5 The River
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