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Cheryl Bentyne: The Book of Love

Should TV’s “desperate housewives” ever form a vocal quintet, Ms. Bentyne’s latest album would provide the ideal template. The dozen tracks are divided into chapters such as “Longing,” “Flirtation,” “Lust”…get the drift? And as if Bentyne’s rangy voice couldn’t handle the great standards by itself, she’s surrounded by quite an entourage: the strings of the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra; great homegrown soloists like tenorist Bob Sheppard; trumpeter Chris Tedesco; guitarist Grant Geissman; guest vocalist John Pizzarelli to harmonize with under a “Blue Moon”; even one-third of Take Six for the title tune.

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