A fun filled album with moments of reflection all arranged in a compact manner that allows Winkler to do what does best

Cafe Pacific Records CPCD 6021

Mark Winkler (vocals); collective personnel including John Beasley, Greg Gordon Smith (piano); Bob Sheppard (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Dan Lutz (bass); Brian Swartz, James Ford (trumpet); Scott Mayo (baritone saxophone); Danny Janklow (alto, tenor saxophone, flute) Scott Whitfield (trombone); George Doering (guitar); Clayton Cameron a.o.

Los Angeles based vocalist and songwriter Mark Winkler pitches up with album number 21, and it is a blast. The veteran singer has penned half of the songs here, as well as picking some songs by his favourite tunesmiths.

The LA sound dominates the music throughout and as one would expect this is all served with, by and large, with a sunny disposition. Featuring no less than five different groups, Winkler like to mix up the instrumentation and personnel to give each song an identity of its own.

The sunny side of life is served up with the opening ‘Sunday in LA’ that gets things off to a swinging start, and swinging over from the West Coast to the East the tempo eases into a gentle lilting rhythm for ‘In Love In New York’ with some deft guitar playing from George Doering in his accompaniment and solo.

Winkler brings a touch of finesse to everything he touches on this delightful recording, and brings hive svelte and smooth vocals to the absolutely gorgeous ‘Something So Right’ by Paul Simon and arranged here so sympathetically by John Beasley.

After the gravitas of the ballad, Winkler delivers the perfect pick me up with ‘Just Around The Corner’ that also features fine solos from piano and tenor saxophone, and shows his versatility in taking on Lennon and McCartney’s ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ and ‘I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World) by Donald Fagan and making something personal out of each.

The title track features a touch of nostalgia in Winkler’s delivery and feature some lovely clarinet and trumpet reminiscent of early jazz and the swing era from Bob Sheppard and Brian Swartz.

A fun filled album with moments of reflection all arranged in a compact manner that allows Winkler to do what does best, and deliver each and every song with passion and conviction.