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Sweet Spot is the follow up to Winkler s 2009 CD Till I Get It Right which was chosen as one of the 10 Best Vocal CDs of that year by Jazz Times Magazine. Sweet Spot once again showcases Winkler s skill as a consummate lyricist and singer, but this time features him on 4 standards including On Broadway and But Not For Me, As well as Andre Previn s Like Young and Bobby Troup s Their Hearts Were Full of Spring. The title cut is a Winkler original that is a duet between him and Vocalist Supreme Barbara Morrison, with a guitar solo by Grant Geissman. Always known for the company he keeps, this time he ups the ante with such jazz stars as Billy Childs, Grant Geissman, Bob Sheppard, Greg Hutchinson and Anthony Wilson. As a vocalist, Mark Winkler offers a smooth, hip contemporary sound that has been compared to Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling. With his impeccable phrasing and sure sense of swing, Mark has been pleasing fans at venues on both coasts If Mark Murphy is the reigning king of vocal hipsterism, then Mark Winkler ranks directly behind Kurt Elling among heirs apparent. As a lyricist, he is as consummate a traveler in the world of Dave Frishberg drollness as he is in the land of Cole Porter urbanity. - Christopher Loudon/Jazz Times May 2009 Mark Winkler writes the kind of songs that should provide him with a comfortable spot in the Great American Songbook- if anyone s still interested in melodic, literate and emotionally touching songs. - Don Heckman/LA Times NATIONAL PRESS CAMPAIGN: JIM EIGO, JAZZ PROMO SERVICES, 269 S Route 94, Warwick, NY 10990

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Mark Winkler hits a home run with his new CD Sweet Spot. The CD has a lot of flavor to it. Whether you are in your car or sitting on the patio or in your living room, this is some really enjoyable music to listen to. Winkler produced the CD and has some outstanding musical talent backing him up, including: Barbara Morrison on guest vocals, Eli Brueggemann on piano, Tim Emmons on bass, Steve Barnes on drums, Bob Sheppard on saxophone and flute, Nolan Shaheed on trumpet, Anthony Wilson on guitar, Luis Conte on percussion, Billy Childs on piano and Kim Richmond on saxophone. There are 12 songs on this CD including a bonus track. They are all very good songs. The songs that stood out for me are: Sweet Spot which is the title tune. It features Barbara Morrison on guest vocals. It has a blues kind of a feel to it. Somewhere in Brazil(West Coast) is kind of a catchy tune. After Hours kind of reminds me of some of the old Boz Scaggs songs. It has a little bit of blues to it and some really good organ playing by Emilio Palame and saxophone work by Sam Riney. Winkler does On Broadway which has a nice little jam session with Kim Richmond on tenor sax and Alex Budman on tenor sax and the end of the song. Some Other Sunset is a nice tune to listen to over and over. It features Peter White on guitar Mark Winkler has a likeable singing style and I really like this CD and if you get the chance, please listen and hopefully add it to your collection --LA Jazz Music Examiner Review By Oscar Brooks June 24, 2011


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 26, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cafe Pacific Records
  • ASIN: B00596TTHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Mark Winkler has been pleasing music lovers for years but somehow he just gets better. This new release - SWEET SPOT - finds him completely at ease and at home with his own music as well as the music of others (Bobby Troup, for instance). Every track on this 12 track CD is as fresh as a needed breeze in summer, from the glib, snappy songs (like 'Like Young' and 'Catch Me If You Can') to the ballads such as 'This Side of Loving', 'Jazz is a Special Taste' (from his West Coast hit musical PLAY IT COOL due to open Off Broadway this fall) and the absolutely perfect 'Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring'. And it goes without saying that Winkler pulls out all stops for the title song 'Sweet Spot' in which he shares the spotlight with fellow singer Barbara Morrison. Ballads, jazz, Latin laden tunes - Mark Winkler is completely at home in all of them.

And of course a lot of the success of a disc as full of goodies as this one is dependent on the surrounding accompaniment, and it is here that Winkler also shines as a man of taste with a fine ear for good talent: Eli Brueggemann, piano and organ, Tim Emmons and Robert Hurst, bass, Steve Barnes, Greg Hutchinson and Luis Conte, drums and percussion, Bob Sheppard and Kim Richmond, sax, Grant Geissman and Anthony Wilson, guitar, Billy Childs, piano, and Nolan Shaheed, trumpet. It is a first class ensemble, intricately aware of each others gifts and star turns, and creating a sound that enhances the well defined and expressive baritone voice of Mark Winkler. It's a sweet thing! Grady Harp, July 11
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By Peter La Barbera on October 21, 2011
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I just caught Mark live yesterday,at TheMerc in Temecula California where he performed some of these tunes. He's like good wine that gets much better with age. I especially love his original , somewhere in Brazil. It speaks volumes about rude audiences and the plight of the singer working gigs in joints.
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By Duane Poole on August 18, 2011
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...and BUY THIS ALBUM! I admit I've long been a fan of Mark Winkler -- but this latest release is the best yet. He swings, he sways, he charms. Standards and original numbers both make this album a joy from start to finish. I can't stop playing "Somewhere in Brazil," which is surely destined to be one of the most performed cabaret songs in cabaret history. Check out "Catch Me If You Can" and "Like Young" and "But Not for Me." Perfection. And what a group he's assembled to back up his vocals. When I think of Mark, I think "taste." And Sweet Spot is tasty with a capital T. You won't be disappointed.
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I loved this record! Sweet Spot is the perfect title for this album of stand out tracks. Mark Winkler continues to be a vibrant and refreshing vocalist in the contemparary jazz field. Sweet Spot is that rare album with a flawless combination of style and class, one of great melodies and stand out arrangements. From the whimsical title track duet with guest vocalist Barbara Morrison, to a clever "Catch Me If You Can", the sublime "Jazz Is A Special Taste" and album stand out "Somewhere in Brazil", Sweet Spot is a jazz album that pops, a great album that is the perfect blend of subtle jazz and pop flash. 5 stars!!!

B. Robert Fox
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OK, I don't even drink martinis, but this new collection by one of my fave male jazz vocalists makes me want to grab the martini shaker, pour a few for friends and chill in the backyard. Wow. So smooth, happy and delightful. Yes, Mark has definitely hit the sweet spot with this one. Excuse me while I pour another :)
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