Personnel: Cheryl Bentyne (vocals); Cheryl Bentyne ; Zoe Allen (vocals); Grant Geissman (guitar, acoustic guitar, classical guitar); Wayne Johnson (guitar, classical guitar); Kevin Axt (bass guitar); John Pizzarelli, Mark Kibble, Alvin Chea (vocals); Charlie Bisharat (violin); Armen Ksadjikian (cello); Bob Sheppard (tenor saxophone); Chris Tedesco (trumpet); Corey Allen (piano, keyboards); Bill Cantos (piano); David Tull (drums); Don Alias, Scott Breadman (percussion); City of Prague Symphony Orchestra.
Audio Mixer: Tom McCauley.
Liner Note Authors: Cheryl Bentyne ; Corey Allen.
Recording information: B2 Studios, Valley Village, CA (04/20/2006-04/27/2006); Smetcky Studios, Prague, CZ (04/20/2006-04/27/2006).
Photographer: Shonna Valeska.
Arrangers: Mark Kibble; Corey Allen; Wayne Johnson ; Dennis Deal.
On The Book of Love, Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer tells the story of a love affair through music. The relationship starts with discovery and infatuation, hits its high point with "You Go to My Head" and then declines and results in a breakup with "Goodbye." While her singing is excellent, the program never really catches fire, and it lacks the delirious excitement of love at its most intense. The interpretations are a bit too cool and laid-back, and these versions of such warhorses as "Blue Moon" (which has guest John Pizzarelli making it a vocal duet), "Let's Do It," "You Go to My Head" and "Cry Me a River" will not make anyone forget the more definitive recordings. The overall results are pleasant but fall far short of the ecstasy and thrills one would expect from a heated affair. ~ Scott Yanow
JazzTimes (p.94) - "Her phrasing and enunciation, both models of clarity, make her one of the most desired goals of lyric writers."