The Jazz Word
June 22, 2017
For You, what else would you expect from an artist that their entire career has been about creating music for pure enjoyment, for entire delight and simply has done so for countless audiences since her mentor Lionel Hampton discovered her dulcimer voice. Who am I speaking of; why Sylvia Bennett of course. Her latest endeavor steps beyond her previous discography into the realm of a more polished commercial sound with pop elements and underpinnings of smooth jazz. Still teamed with her long-time producer Hal Batt, the production value is top-notch and offers the listener an aural experience. Read more...
George W. Harris
July 3, 2017
Vocalist Sylvia Bennett walks the tightrope of pop and jazz a la Rosemary Clooney on this upbeat collection of tunes. She brings some funky soul in order to freshen up “The Look of Love” and with an introduction of strings, she swerves off road for a peppy and driving take of “Fly Me To The Moon.” Her voice is clear and with a wink in the eye, going bohemian with a gypsy heart during “Two Hearts, One Soul” and taking you to a smoky salsa nightclub on a breezy title track. Read more...
All About Vocals
May 16, 2017
I had the opportunity to review Sylvia Bennet’s CD; Sonrie back in 2012, even then I was struck by the buoyancy of her vocals and the sheer command she had of her instrument, certainly earning the ardent praise of her longtime collaborator Lionel Hampton. Well as long–time collaborations go, Bennett is back again with her stalwart producer Hal Batt, though this time with a more contemporary flair and commercial appeal from a production standpoint, but underneath it all, is still the gleaming voice of Sylvia Bennett. Hers is a sound that is lush, confident, easy on the ears and almost has a lulling effect of bliss. Read more...
Susan Frances NY
May 19, 2017
Vocalists like Sylvia Bennett don’t come along often but when they do, they draw audiences into the song, listening for the subtle nuances of the melody and the gentle manner in which she delivers the lyrics. Soft and supple, Bennett’s vocals wrap around the words, cradling them and caressing them as though the lyrics were precious gems. Her latest release, For You from Out of Sight Music, is produced by Hal S. Batt and fuses modern jazz idioms with electro-pop ruffles. Read more...
The Smooth Jazz Ride
April 21, 2017
I have heard a few of vocalist Sylvia Bennett’s musical offerings in the past, and they’ve always been of the quality that jazz purists highly appreciate. Her soft, sultry vocals serve to complement the material in almost majestic fashion. Here on For You (her latest release), she delves into a really contemporary, smooth style as she presents some very creative originals and smartly interpretative covers, turning the latter into something smooth jazz can own despite being birthed by traditionalists.