From the artist best known for the iconic version of "Santa Baby"* comes a new classic, "The Christmas Song"... find the remastered version on the full length CD, "The Standard".
***Made in New York City***
"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).” The beautiful Basinet is a ‘Jaqueline of all trades’ it seems, she keeps herself busy in the performing arts but is also a humanitarian using her music to bring public awareness to environmental issues and the importance of self-reliance… she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 as part of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Price Project. 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!" ~SANDY SHORE SmoothJazz Radio
Arranged by and on piano, Lee Musiker (Emmy Award-winning conductor, composer, arranger and Tony Bennett's pianist) On drums, Rick Cutler... (Currently tours w/ Liza Minnelli. Recorded w/Billy Eckstine, Perry Farrell (of Jane's Addiction) On guitar, Gary Haase! Real smooth. (Produced and written for Chaka Kahn, Celine Dion, George Benson)
And Jim Hynes, playin' the haunting flugelhorn. (Member of Paul Simon's elite touring band. He has recorded with everyone from Aerosmith to Tony Bennett to Michael Jackson)
Recorded in the Nola Recording Studios, NYC, NY
*Cynthia's version oft credited to Marilyn Monroe, is imitated by many of today's top artists.
Read more on line:
"Cynthia Basinet: Ten years of being Santa’s Baby"
What's behind Cynthia Basinet's sultry "Santa Baby and it's not Marilyn Monroe?
Cynthia Basinet attends 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade
"Santa Baby" Comes To Bravo This November
CBS ReAirs NCISLA Holiday Episode feat. "SANTA BABY"
New video with tribute to the song's original siren, Eartha Kitt
"one of the most sultry.seductive voices around." -declares
”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
”American Actress Cynthia Basinet truly uncovers her talents with this EP 4 track offering on UNCOVERED. She's got the looks, style, and ability to deliver a tune. A class act!” -Helen Simons, The JazzXpress Caravan Jazz Radio 94.1FM Australia
”...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
”The charactor of the music style presented gives this CD (Uncovered) a unique feel, with an individual personality presented inside it's contents. Great work, and we sure look forward to hearing from you in the future...” Graham, Soundwavefm.co.nz
”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.” -Ink19.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)
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. Her midnight blue voice on The Collection can conjure black and white images of ill-fated romance, especially on Just and Eventually. Set to a crestfallen piano backdrop, Eventually expresses deep-seated feelings of love lost; the heartbreaking ache in her vocals reveals real, honest pain. However, melancholia is only side of Basinet's persona. In this compilation of her work, she juggles with light and darkness. The giddy sweetness of her cover of Santa Baby is miles apart from the fresh wounds of Haunted Heart. Furthermore, the electronica tracks Yellow Taxi and God unveil a completely different side of her artistry. For those not familiar with Basinet's previous recordings, such varied elements might seem confusing. But this is a career retrospective, after all, and the most exciting musicians are the unpredictable ones. Nevertheless, it's obvious where Basinet's strengths are. On the slower songs, where Basinet can croon her heart's desires, she has a commanding presence. Her version of the oft-covered Someone To Watch Over Me has undeniable charm; her voice truly soars, dripping with sultry yearning. Because of Basinet's background as a model and actress, there are some who probably won't take her music seriously. However, even the most skeptical will have a hard time resisting the gripping drama of Water's Edge. — Allaboutjazz.com