Album Review: Mark Winkler - "Jazz and Other Four Letter Words" (9/10)

81Dx6QKFy0L._SY355_One of the Los Angeles jazz scene’s vocal
treasures and most clever and heartfelt 
wordsmiths, Mark Winkler is all about stay
ing fresh, cool and delightfully crafty and 
hip. This eclectic, freewheeling set centers 
on a stylish mix of gorgeously rendered
s tandards (Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart)
 and spirited, wordplay-rich originals dedicated to all that’s cool, offbeat and whimsical (“Your Cat Plays Piano”). Fronting some of the city’s top jazz talents, the engaging singer includes infectious duets with Cheryl Bentyne, a horn splashed Paul Simon rarity and a nod to unabashed romance (“I Chose the Moon”). – Jonathan Widran