Easy the Hard Way

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
L.A.-based singer songwriter Mark Winkler has vacillated since his late-'80s recording debut from contemporary jazz-based pop-vocal stylings to traditional jazz, with the latter usually tucked neatly among the former, hiding his true artistic leanings behind the commercial expectations his labels have placed on him. While his pop tunes have never failed to delight, his first full foray into traditional jazz vocals here is a homecoming and a revelation, putting Winkler in the lead to become the new millennium's male equivalent to Diana Krall he has yet to dye his hair blond, though!. Providing sharp images and poignant, melancholy lyrics that speak of heartache, ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
L.A.-based singer songwriter Mark Winkler has vacillated since his late-'80s recording debut from contemporary jazz-based pop-vocal stylings to traditional jazz, with the latter usually tucked neatly among the former, hiding his true artistic leanings behind the commercial expectations his labels have placed on him. While his pop tunes have never failed to delight, his first full foray into traditional jazz vocals here is a homecoming and a revelation, putting Winkler in the lead to become the new millennium's male equivalent to Diana Krall he has yet to dye his hair blond, though!. Providing sharp images and poignant, melancholy lyrics that speak of heartache, redemption, a love of jazz the swinging tribute to a fan, "Ellen's Song", and the supreme coolness of an attitude "Like Jazz," Winkler's true genius is blending his words with the outstanding melodic jazz sensibilities of some of L.A.'s best contemporary and traditional composers -- Emilio Palame, Don Grusin the title track, Eddie Arkin, Larry Steelman and Wayne Shorter. Though a tune like the opening track "Trio" -- which discusses the pain of lost love in terms of "the moon, my heartache and me" -- could easily become a love on the rocks standard someday, Winkler is also a sharp interpreter of the mood pieces of the past, including Andre Previn's "Like Young," Horace Silver's "Lonely Woman," and George Duning's "Toys in the Attic." Winkler and singer Claire Martin's sassy duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside" rivals Barry Manilow and KT Oslin's version some ten years ago for sheer push and pull emotion. The singer/songwriter draws some material from previous releases, each fitting the mood. "Another Night" is from his autobiographical tour de force Tales from Hollywood and "Kelly's Moods" is from his debut album. Those enjoying the beautiful "Quiet Fire" might seek out tickets to Winkler's soon to be off Broadway musical Too Old for the Chorus, featuring the song of the same name. Winkler has lived all these emotions and has never sounded better.
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  • Release Date: 2/22/2000
  • Label: Chartmaker
  • UPC: 603281512028
  • Catalog Number: 5120

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Trio (3:30)
  2. 2 Easy the Hard Way (4:16)
  3. 3 Like Young (3:25)
  4. 4 Lonely Woman (3:52)
  5. 5 Baby, It's Cold Outside - Claire Martin (4:06)
  6. 6 Toys in the Attic (4:35)
  7. 7 Ellen's Song (4:02)
  8. 8 Kelly's Moods (3:20)
  9. 9 Empty Bed (4:41)
  10. 10 Another Night (4:32)
  11. 11 Like Jazz (4:03)
  12. 12 Quiet Fire (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Winkler Primary Artist, Vocals
Billy Childs Piano
Bob Sheppard Saxophone
Bobby Shew Trumpet
Robert Hurst Bass
Geoff Gillette Finger Snapping
Gregory Hutchinson Drums
Jon Mayer Piano, Hammond Organ
Ralph Salmins Drums
Arnie Somogyi Bass
Gareth Williams Piano
Claire Martin Vocals
Anthony Wilson Guitar
Technical Credits
Billy Childs Arranger
Geoff Gillette Engineer
Jon Mayer Arranger
Tristan Powell Engineer
Gareth Williams Arranger, Composer
Claire Martin Arranger
Anthony Wilson Arranger
Jim Mueller Executive Producer
Kirk Silsbee Liner Notes
Barbara Brighton Producer
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