About The Album
C’est Si Bon was born from Sylvia Bennett’s love affair with France and the enchanting songs that, like Paris herself, sparkle with seduction and panache. The protege of jazz legend Lionel Hampton, this Grammy–nominated, international recording artist, is an American diva with a French heart. C’est Si Bon is a musical tour de force that magically transports you to a place of romance, rapture, and heady possibility... Veritably, si bon! With such songs as “C’est Magnifique,” “Un Homme et Une Femme,” and “La Vie En Rose” the album weaves a world of enchantment where romance reigns, fancy takes flight, and Paris beckons.
Sylvia Bennett the timeless smooth jazz and pop vocalist sings of love with a warmth, clarity, and spirit that is
enveloping and tender, showcasing the depth of her skill, talent and experience. She’s sung with Lionel Hampton and she’s sung for presidents – all with a singular style and intimacy that is hers and hers alone.
She’s one part jazz, one part pop, and one part sultry. If you like Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, and Rosemary Clooney, you’ll LOVE Sylvia Bennett.
1. C’est Magnifique (2:51)
2. C’est Si Bon (3:00)
3. Que Reste–t–il de Nos Amours (3:44)
4. Moulin Rouge (2:19)
5. Un Homme et Une Femme (2:38)
6. Pour Toi (3:23)
7. La Seine (2:49)
8. Les Feuilles Mortes (3:27)
9. Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (3:37)
10. Ce “Je Ne Sais Quoi” Sur Mon Paris (3:18)
11. La Vie en Rose (2:43)
12. La Mer (3:21)
13. Et Maintenant (3:24)
Reviews“Listening to Sylvia’s velvety voice in French on well chosen classics and originals on C’est Si Bon is like having a musical passport with unlimited time in the world’s most romantic City! Tres chic!”
– Sandy Shore
“ ‘La Vie En Rose’ begins with a sultry accordion opener and a jazzy piano line. The laidback song contains Sylvia’s pop standard vocals that would make Edith Piaf proud.
The seductive and suave songs of Sylvia Bennett on C’est Si Bon are jazzy, pop–centered and classical. The warmth of the vocals signals a winning chord amidst the backdrop of European musical arrangements and various instruments. Sylvia’s vocals fall somewhere between Patricia Kaas, Carla Bruni, and Edith Piaf. ...As a whole, C’est Si Bon delivers a classy set of songs led by one of the best singers in contemporary music today. Anyone familiar with French pop music, jazz standards, European music, and neo–classical vocal music will love Sylvia Bennett. C’est Si Bon is nothing short of ‘magnifique.’”
– Matthew Forss
“...It’s not necessary to understand French to appreciate the beauty of Bennett's work. ...The years of experience show in how she never over performs a single note; she's able to channel the song and deliver it while still letting the song speak for itself.
Sylvia Bennett is a fabulous talent and no language barrier can conceal that. Despite being recorded in French, the record is so wonderfully performed, produced, and arranged that it can speak to people and engage them regardless of their native tongue. If you appreciate songs from the fabled great American songbook, then you owe it to yourself to hear the French equivalent of that, courtesy of the wonderful voice of Sylvia Bennett.”
– Heath Andrews
“Although French is not Bennett’s native language, her articulation in French is excellent...C’est Si Bon is one of Bennett’s finest accomplishments”
– Alex Henderson
“If the listener can understand the lyrics or not, there is magic to be found in her performance.”
– G.W. Hill