Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne – West Coast Cool (2013)

Artist: Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne
Title: West Coast Cool
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Summit Records
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3/320 kbps
Total Time: 56:53
Total Size: 143 Mb


Tracklist:
1. Take 5/Drinks on the Patio
2. An Occasional Man
3. Let’s Get Lost
4. Talk of the Town/Girl Talk
5. West Coast Cool
6. Something Cool
7. Route 66/Alright, Okay, You Win/Straighten up and Fly Right
8. Señor Blues
9. Lemon Twist
10. This Could Be the Start of Something Big
11. Hungry Man
12. All About Ronnie/Trouble Is a Man
13. In a Lonely Place
14. Cool (Unreleased Live Track)
Cheryl Bentyne: vocals
Mark Winkler: vocals
Rich Eames: piano (1, 2, 4-8, 10)
Tim Emmons: bass (1, 2, 4-8, 10)
Dave Tull: drums (1, 2, 4- 8, 10)
Bob Sheppard: saxophones, flute (1, 2, 4-8, 10, 11)
Nolan Shahead: trumpet (3)
Anthony Wilson: guitar (9)
Joe Bragg: Hammond B3 organ (9)
Mark Ferber: drums (9)
John Mayer: piano (11)
Kevin Axt: bass (11)
Ron McCurdy: drums (11)
Eli Brueggeman: piano: (14)
George Koller: bass (14)
Mark Kelso: drums (14)

Known for his smooth, relaxed, laid-back sense of swing, Mark Winkler is a flexible vocalist/songwriter whose influences (direct or indirect) include Dave Frishberg, Mose Allison, Kenny Rankin, and Michael Franks (among others). The Los Angeles resident is comfortable in either jazz or pop settings; he has done his share of traditional pop and crossover jazz/smooth jazz work, but he can also handle straight-ahead jazz and bop. Whether a Winkler recording has a jazz improviser’s perspective or more of a pop/crossover perspective has depended on different factors, including the label and the producer. Some of Winkler’s work has leaned toward the Mose Allison/Dave Frishberg side of things; other times, his approach has been closer to Michael Franks or Kenny Rankin. And either way, Winkler generally maintains his smoothness; he has never been known as a forceful, overly aggressive, or in-your-face type of singer.
Born and raised in the L.A. area, Winkler launched his recorded career in the mid-’80s. After recording some albums for the independent, L.A.-based Chase Music Group (including Color of Love, Ebony Rain, and Hottest Night of the Year), the Southern Californian freelanced for various indie labels in the ’90s (including Countdown and Chartmaker). Winkler didn’t build a huge catalog in the ’80s or ’90s; when the early 2000s arrived, his catalog added up to about six albums. But he has kept busy doing a variety of other things, which have ranged from writing songs for other vocalists to theatrical projects. Winkler – whose songs have been recorded by Liza Minnelli, Randy Crawford, Dianne Reeves, and others – wrote the off-Broadway musical Naked Boys Singing! (which debuted in New York in 1999 and went on to play in a few others cities as well). In 2003, the Rhombus label released Mark Winkler Sings Bobby Troup, which found him paying tribute to the songwriter who gave us gems like "Route 66," "You’re Looking at Me," and "Baby, Baby All the Time."


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