Cynthia Basinet | "The Standard"

Setting a new standard
Cynthia Basinet | The Standard

REVIEW | Cynthia Basinet | "The Standard" | USA | released June 2017 | setting a new standard...

Cynthia Basinet is a shared Nobel Peace Prize nominee and critically acclaimed singer, actress, activist and innovator. Musically she is best known for her iconic rendition of “Santa Baby” - often mis-credited to Marilyn Monroe - originally recorded by Eartha Kitt in 1953. The second track ‘The Christmas Song’ is another Christmas classic originally recorded by the Nat King Cole trio in 1946.

Truthfully, we were browsing for X-mas tracks back in November when we came across "The Standard". Initially we planned to put the spotlight on this album before Christmas but then quickly realised that this album is much more than just another Chrismas carol. So while you still might be in a festive mood we’d like to take the time to introduce the album to you now.

"The Standard" lives up to its name. Next to the two X-mas classics that open the album, "The Standard" is an album full of standards from the great American songbook, re-captured and revitalised by Cynthia and her production crew.

More often than not covers deliver but a bland substrate of the original. Not in this case. Cynthia effortlessly masters the great Jazz and Easy Listening originals featured on this album. Without exception each track on "The Standard" holds its own when compared to the original.

Cynthia’s sultry, jazzy, voice gently touches these old horses and breathes new life into them. Her voice easily adjusts to the different musical styles, yet remaining distinct and clear. This album is no cheap thrill but recorded and produced with respect for the originals.


  • 'Santa Baby' - 1953 original by Eartha Kitt
  • 'The Christmas Song' - 1946 original by The Nat King Cole trio
  • 'Haunted Heart' - 1948 song by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz
  • 'Tea for Two' - 1925 original probably most famous for the 1950’s movie starring Doris Day which reintroduced the song
  • 'Cry Me A River' - written by Arthur Hamilton, first published in 1953; made famous in 1955 with the version by Julie London.
  • 'Sweet Dreams (of You)' is a country ballad, which was written by Don Gibson, originally recorded in 1955
  • 'Going out of My Head' - a 60’s pop song - re-arranged to a R&B feel for this album - written by Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein, initially recorded by Little Anthony & the Imperials in 1964.
  • 'Blue Moon' - is a classic written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1934, probably most famous for its 1961 rendition by doo-wop group The Marcels.
  • 'It’s Only A Paper Moon - originally from 1933, but probably best known from versions by Ella Fitzgerald and the Nat King Cole Trio.
  • 'Someone To Watch Over Me' - 1926 original by George and Ira Gershwin with countless covers by amongst others Susan Boyle and Barbra Streisand