"HAND IN HAND"
"The Benko voice is supple and has a youthful, open quality. Its smoothness retains a bright tone and there's no shrillness factor when things build... You have to hand it to the Hand in Hand duo who not only do all the duties themselves and sound comfortable in all styles and periods, but are equally convincing in all attitudes and characterizations... Close your eyes and the drapes and all seems right with the world."
"Tracks... are completely reinterpreted with a joyful and jazz-inspired glee that is as relaxed as it is refreshing... There’s a lightness and delicacy to Benko’s voice that really suits this treatment, a suppleness and strength too that allows her to match and occasionally meld with Yeager’s piano lines in beautiful style... The result is a beguiling record, perfect to while away these late summer evenings."
-There Ought To Be Clowns
"The perfect Fannie Brice for our time, Ms. Benko may have had a secret weapon: the collaboration with her husband, the jazz pianist and composer Jason Yeager... They make us realize what an incredible song [People] actually is. Ms. Benko sings it like she truly is a person who needs people — or “one very special person,” at the very least.
For 50 minutes, in 13 songs, Benko and Yeager play music from varying genres, and always in a way that makes the song something new to the listener... The directive to tailor the storytelling to the Benko and Yeager chemistry is admirable and successful... HAND IN HAND... is an impressive outing.