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The sound of your voice is a pearl to my ear!

Actress, humanitarian, and Great American Songbook aficionada Cynthia Basinet follows up her stunning holiday release, “The Christmas Song” with one of our most beloved musical chestnuts… IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON. Ms. Basinet absolutely nails her unique read on a song that was penned by Harold Arlen, Billy Rose and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, and first published in 1933. The lyrics play on our perceptions of reality vs. fantasy, and Cynthia’s compelling version ingeniously captures that quirky vibe perfectly. Adding to Ms. Basinet’s luscious vocal talent is pianist, composer, musical director Lee Musiker… This is a performance not to be missed, so my advice to you is to download your copy of Cynthia Basinet’s amazing version of IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON. Then you can decide if your life is real or make believe! 

-SCOTT O’BRIEN (SmoothJazz.com)

“For Cynthia Basinet, her voice itself is an instrument; in terms of emotional power, it’s a lethal weapon. Sensual, emotionally damaged and world-weary, Basinet’s vocals have the makings of a film noir femme fatale.” 

 Allaboutjazz.com

Unquestionably, Cynthia’s voice is one of the most striking and sparkling voices in the world of American Standards. It is an oasis of luxurious vocal beauty, magnetizing sensuality and warmth. This singer is the real thing!” 

-ENTERTAINMENT: DIVAS, CABARET, JAZZ THEN AND NOW (book)

The song, which speaks about sweet revenge, has been revived very successfully by Cynthia Basinet. While there are hints of the original Julie London version, Ms. Basinet’s rendition is particularly bluesy, while being a bit more sensual. Accompanied by a sensitive rhythm section, the singer displays her beautiful voice on a version full of desire, regret, and quiet satisfaction at how the broken love affair turned out. The results are haunting and memorable.” 

Scott Yanow, author

“Known for her smoldering seasonal version of “Santa Baby,” actress, singer Cynthia Basinet releases a jazzy version of “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire).”  This gorgeous version of Nat King Cole’s holiday nugget was arranged by Tony Bennett’s arranger and pianist Lee Musiker, and while the song features A-List musicians, it’s Ms. Basinet’s approach to the vocals that steals the show! Warm, rich and delightful… Cynthia Basinet’s version of “The Christmas Song” is a must have download this holiday season!” 

-SmoothJazz.com 

“What a knock out!”

 -Dick Hughes Jazz Action Productions

“Excellent artist and songs.”

 -Wyn Machon Oamaru Heritage Radio

 “The sound of your voice is a pearl to my ear!!!”

Paul van Kuik Radio 0162 

“The charactor of the music style presented gives this CD a unique feel, with an individual personality presented inside it’s contents. Great work…”

Graham- Soundwavefm.co.nz

“…This EP is definitely a keeper, and with another EP and a full length album out there, there’s plenty more Cynthia Basinet to get your teeth into. Go forth and enjoy.” 

Zeitgeist UK

Review, “The Collection” CD

Basinet has a powerhouse of a voice; she can be seductive when she wants to be and effectively woeful if the lyrics call for it. Even if you’ll hate her because she’s beautiful, you’ll love her because her singing will knock your socks off.”

 

 
 
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