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Mark Winkler: I’m With You: Mark Winkler Sings Bobby Troup (Café Pacific)

Mark Winkler wanted another bite of the apple, and Bobby Troup’s zesty book of rhythm patter, swooning ballads, and novelty numbers provides plenty of creative nourishment. His second album devoted to the songs of the jazz-steeped pianist, songwriter, singer, and actor, I’m With You offers a welcome reminder of Troup’s sturdy book. Winkler’s 2003 album … Read More “Mark Winkler: I’m With You: Mark Winkler Sings Bobby Troup (Café Pacific)”

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Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne: Eastern Standard Time (Café Pacific)

Five years ago, Mark Winkler teamed with Manhattan Transfer’s Cheryl Bentyne to shape West Coast Cool, a terrific salute to the chill jazz vibe that poured forth from California in the late ’50s and early ’60s. They’ve now shifted their focus to the same era’s New York scene, with equally scintillating results. Manhattan’s then-hippest tunesmiths, … Read More “Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne: Eastern Standard Time (Café Pacific)”

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Mark Winkler: The Company I Keep (Café Pacific)

How do you keep the music playing? So wondered Mark Winkler after the death of Richard Del Belso, his partner and husband of 35 years. Winkler’s solution: count on the support of musical friends. Result: his most richly accomplished album to date. Several of the participating pals are fellow singers. To open, he teams with … Read More “Mark Winkler: The Company I Keep (Café Pacific)”

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Mark Winkler: Jazz and Other Four Letter Words

Last time we heard from Mark Winkler, in 2013, was with a studio version of West Coast Cool, the snappy, midcentury-styled nightclub act that he and the Manhattan Transfer’s Cheryl Bentyne toured across North America. It seems, however, that Winkler isn’t entirely finished with his backward glancing. While returning here to his usual blending of … Read More “Mark Winkler: Jazz and Other Four Letter Words”

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Mark WInkler: The Laura Nyro Project

When Mark Winkler, a quintessentially West Coast swinger, filled an album with Bobby Troup tunes a decade ago, it was a blissful marriage of hipster sensibilities. Winkler and Laura Nyro seem stranger bedfellows-California cool meets East Coast boho-yet Winkler, a gifted writer himself, makes the union work equally well. Nor was Nyro all dark-basement angst. … Read More “Mark WInkler: The Laura Nyro Project”

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