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Mark Winkler: I'm With You

Read "I'm  With You" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Regarding tribute albums--a seemingly endless flow these days -it's a rarity when the honoree, the material and the performance mesh so perfectly. Los Angeles vocalist/songwriter/educator Mark Winkler's I'm With You fits that description to a T--in this case Bobby Troup. This effort, a hip, hip array of Troup's iconic material is a marvelously presented and performed gem. Troup was a fascinating and prodigious talent--vocalist, pianist, composer and actor. His written material and recordings were always “with it," ...

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Birthdays Make Strange Bedfellows

Read "Birthdays Make Strange Bedfellows" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Many common birthdays in this broadcast. In the second hour, Laura Nyro shares her day with hipster Bobby Troup, who celebrates his centennial this month; followed by a shout-out to Dizzy Gillespie, born the same day as Beat poet Fran Landesman, whose songs will be highlighted in the final hour. Playlist Miggy Augmented Orchestra “The Hi Hat Man" from Colorful (ArtistShare) 00:00 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis “I Can't Give You Anything But Love" from ...

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Mark Winkler: The Company I Keep

Read "The Company I Keep" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Beatles had it right when they noted that we get by with a little help from our friends. It's a fact that vocalist Mark Winkler can surely testify to. In the wake of losing his husband, Winkler found the comfort and strength he needed through the company he keeps and in the music that feeds his soul. That's the beautiful story behind this jazz soirée. The company of which the title of this record speaks is ...

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Mark Winkler: The Company I Keep

Read "The Company I Keep" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The utility of music, at its very core, is entertainment. It is not all about dissonance and consonance, tonal conflict and resolution; heart and intellect, pathos and ethos. Somewhere in everything music has to offer, there must be a smile. It is in music's smile that vocalist Mark Winkler exists. An elegant West Coast mainstay, vocalist/lyricist/composer Winkler, drove across my radar first with his 2011 recording Sweet Spot (Café Pacific Records). I was struck by how well Winkler could skirt ...

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Mark Winkler: Jazz and Other Four Letter Words

Read "Jazz and Other Four Letter Words" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

On Jazz And Other Four Letter Words songwriter and vocalist Mark Winkler explores themes of love and romance and also takes time to investigate hipness. Exploration and investigation succeed joyously, resulting in one of the year's finest releases. Winkler's aided and abetted by some fine musicians-- pianist Jamieson Trotter (who also arranged most of the songs) and bassists Dan Lutz and John Clayton prove to be especially sympathetic. The Manhattan Transfer's Cheryl Bentyne duets with Winkler on two ...

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Mark Winkler: Jazz and Other Four Letter Words

Read "Jazz and Other Four Letter Words" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Mark Winkler has been something of a victim of his own talent: his work as a vocalist has often been routinely overlooked, largely eclipsed by his renown as a songwriter. But the tide seems to be turning for this cool school singer-of-note. With the critical success and positive public response to The Laura Nyro Project (Cafe Pacific Records, 2013), the arrival of his duo project with Cheryl Bentyne--West Coast Cool (Summit Records, 2013)--and this hipper-than-hip outing, Winkler is finally ...

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Mark Winkler: Jazz and Other Four Letter Words

Read "Jazz and Other Four Letter Words" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Singer and lyricist Mark Winkler has been a common West Coast sight for many years. He has released seven releases, his previous one being the very well-received duet recording with {Manhattan Transfer}}'s soprano Cheryl Bentyne, West Coast Cool (Summit Records, 2013). That recording was right on the heels of Winkler's thematically motivated The Laura Nyro Project (Café Pacific, 2013). Again, well received and making my end-of-the-year list. Winkler returns with the clever Jazz and Other Four Letter ...

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Mark Winkler: Peeling Back the Onion

Read "Mark Winkler: Peeling Back the Onion" reviewed by Scott Mitchell

Mark Winkler is a Los Angeles-based jazz singer, lyricist, and songwriter with over 150 songs to his credit and platinum records hanging on his wall. He has written songs with the likes of saxophonists Dexter Gordon, Wayne Shorter and Joshua Redman, as well as pianist David Benoit. Singers Randy Crawford, Dianne Reeves, Lea Salonga, Bob Dorough and Liza Minnelli have recorded and performed his songs. JazzTimes Magazine recognized Winkler as one of the top ten male jazz singers in 2011 ...

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Mark Winkler: The Laura Nyro Project

Read "The Laura Nyro Project" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The combination of a unique and beautifully au courant voice with an equally rare and manifold composing talent makes for compelling listening. When the voice is that of vocalist/songwriter Mark Winkler and the songs are by Laura Nyro, the resulting project reaches criticality rapidly. Winkler has been composing and recording for the better part of 30 years, releasing ten recordings and penning upwards to 150 songs in that time. His previous recording, Sweet Spot (Cafe Pacific Records, 2011) was praised ...

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Mark Winkler: Sweet Spot

Read "Sweet Spot" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Over a three-decade career, singer/songwriter Mark Winkler has released more than a dozen albums, and written songs performed by top vocalists including Randy Crawford, Dianne Reeves and Liza Minnelli. On Sweet Spot he brings together all of that experience, plus some superb musicians, to create a collection of songs perfect for a late night club performance--or for anytime listening anywhere else, come to think of it. Winkler has name-checked Mark Murphy as a particular influence. On Sweet ...

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Mark Winkler: Sweet Spot

Read "Sweet Spot" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

For all of his musical bona fides, Mark Winkler is no more a jazz singer than Jim Caruso or Michael Bublé. In spite of the fact that he attracted the best of the best in his sidemen--bassist Robert Hurst, pianist Billy Childs and drummer Greg Hutchinson--for Sweet Spot, he remains something else. The point being, that whatever kind of singer Winker is, it is beside the point. Like Caruso's Swing Set (Yellow Sound Label, 2011), Sweet Spot captures the art ...

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Mark Winkler Sings Bobby Troup

Read "Mark Winkler Sings Bobby Troup" reviewed by Dave Hughes

All About Jazz: You've recently released Mark Winkler Sings Bobby Troup. What motivated you to devote an entire CD to Bobby's works?

Mark Winkler: I really wasn't planning to do a whole CD of Bobby Troup tunes, I was looking for some outside material to fill out a CD of my originals. His work was always something I'd been meaning to check out a little more, and when I did, I fell in love with it-and I couldn't narrow it ...


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