Hobart Taylor, KUCI 88.9FM

The thing about early Streisand that shot a twenty something to the stratosphere of song stylists in the ’60’s was her extraordinary skill in “acting” a song. This is a tradition the comes from the Yiddish stage and permeated Broadway musicals. Benko is in that tradition. Singing mainly familiar chestnuts, often from musical theater, she’s not doing anything new, she’s just doing it very well. Her version of “Lonesome Polecat” is a wonder. I also really dig her original “Tomorrow is a Day for You.”

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