City Lights

City Lights

by Mark Winkler
     
 
On his four previous recordings, singer/songwriter Mark Winkler mixed genres very liberally. Drawing from pop, R&B, Latin and traditional jazz, he created daring recordings which achieved more critical than commercial success. With any luck, he will receive both for City Lights (Chartmaker), a much more focused effort. Winkler still dabbles a bit in jazz - most

Overview

On his four previous recordings, singer/songwriter Mark Winkler mixed genres very liberally. Drawing from pop, R&B, Latin and traditional jazz, he created daring recordings which achieved more critical than commercial success. With any luck, he will receive both for City Lights (Chartmaker), a much more focused effort. Winkler still dabbles a bit in jazz - most notably on the late night, blues-inflected trio piece "NYC Blues," which features an improvised spoken word intro - but overall, he finds a comfortable spot on the urban groove bandwagon. A master romantic lyricist, he seduces dreamily above Dan Siegel's mellow synth rhythms while exploring some unique perspectives - a playful ode to busy lovers on "Time For Love" and pinpointing "Sense of Humor" as his favorite quality in a person. The easygoing hypnosis created by Siegel's floating keyboard and Doc Powell's subtle electric guitar on "Relaxin'" sums up the overall vibe Winkler's tunes aim for. Maybe because Winkler is most interested in kicking back in the flow here, he doesn't draw upon his vocal power the way he has in the past. But the disc's many charms could make it the mass appeal breakthrough he's been seeking.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/1998
Label:
Chartmaker
UPC:
0603281103028
catalogNumber:
1030

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Performance Credits

Mark Winkler   Primary Artist
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Tony Guerrero   Trumpet
Clair Marlo   Background Vocals
Dwayne Smith   Bass
Yvette Cason   Vocals,Track Performer
Melvin Davis   Bass
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Allen Hinds   Guitar
Doc Powell   Guitar
Bambi Jones   Background Vocals
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Dan Siegel   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Saxophone
Roberto Vally   Bass
Paul Viapiano   Acoustic Guitar
Mark McMillan   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Michael Lington   Saxophone
Brandy Jones   Background Vocals
Alan Hinds   Guitar
Holger Fath   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mark Winkler   Producer
Tom McCauley   Engineer
Dan Siegel   Arranger,Engineer
Mark McMillan   Arranger,Producer,Engineer

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