Hottest Night of the Year

Hottest Night of the Year

by Mark Winkler
     
 
Songwriter/vocalist Mark Winkler was a new voice on the L.A. jazz scene when Hottest Night of the Year was released, but local club fans couldn't resist picking up this album, which was loaded with instrumental support from the city's finest players -- Brian Bromberg,

Overview

Songwriter/vocalist Mark Winkler was a new voice on the L.A. jazz scene when Hottest Night of the Year was released, but local club fans couldn't resist picking up this album, which was loaded with instrumental support from the city's finest players -- Brian Bromberg, David Benoit, Russ Freeman, Grant Geissman, Emil Palame, Sam Riney, and Dan Siegel. Winkler's vocals are better described as smooth and lilting than full of raw and soulful emotion, but he carries off sultry numbers like the title track with considerable panache. There is romance everywhere, from the playful "The Moon Made Me Do It" to his passionate reading of Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll," arranged by and featuring the dynamic acoustic soloing of Siegel. Winkler also does well putting lyrics to Freeman's "Los Cabos" (titled here "Forward Motion") and Benoit's "Tropical Breeze." The jazziest tune in this collection is the Ella Fitzgerald tribute "Takin' Chances," which features a sweet story of jazz inspiration and the wonderful keys of Palame. Winkler takes a few inspired chances of his own with the acoustic bass/vocal duet "In a Minor Key," which provides a counterpoint for the strictly pop tunes in this ensemble. Also worth mention are Riney's sax on "Foward Motion" and "Geissman's soloing on "Takin' Chances." Overall, a very pleasant experience for those looking for contemporary music with a twist.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/1989
Label:
Chase Music
UPC:
0028568802126
catalogNumber:
8021
Rank:
333743

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Winkler   Primary Artist,Vocals
Brian Bromberg   Bass,Upright Bass
Beth Lawrence   Percussion,Background Vocals
Emil Palame   Synthesizer,Piano
Freddie Ravel   Piano
Sam Riney   Saxophone
Lorraine Feather   Background Vocals
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Rhythm
Eddie Arkin   Guitar
David Benoit   Piano
Debra Byrd   Vocals
Marie Cain   Background Vocals
Bob Feldman   Bass
Grant Geissman   Guitar
John Gilutin   Synthesizer,Piano
Mary Hylan   Background Vocals
Bill Lanphier   Bass
Tony Morales   Cymbals,Drums,Hi Hat
Chuck Sabatino   Background Vocals
Dan Siegel   Synthesizer,Piano
Bill Armstrong   Trumpet
John Gulutin   Synthesizer,Piano
Dan Siegal   Synthesizer,Piano
Russ Freeman   Synthesizer,Guitar

Technical Credits

Michael McDonald   Engineer
Brian Bromberg   Arranger
Beth Lawrence   Arranger,Producer,Contributor,Vocal Arrangements
Emil Palame   Arranger,Programming
Mark Winkler   Arranger,Producer,Concept
Bob Feldman   Concept
John Gilutin   Arranger,Programming,drum programming
Dennis Kirk   Engineer
Bill Lanphier   Concept
Ben Rodgers   Engineer
Dan Siegel   Arranger
John Gulutin   Arranger,Engineer,drum programming
Dan Siegal   Arranger
Federico Tio   Cover Design
Jim Stevenson   Arranger,Concept
Joel Wayne   Art Direction
Russ Freeman   Arranger

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