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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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12,557 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 276 of them this year alone and, so far, 127 this month (Feb. 28).

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Album review: Mark Winkler and David Benoit - Old Friends

Mark Winkler (vocals); David Benoit (piano/arranger); Gabe Davis (bass); Pat Kelley (guitar); Clayton Cameron (drums); Kevin Winard (perc.); Stefanie Fife (cello).

Mark Winkler features frequently on BSH, several of his previous 16 (or thereabouts) albums have been reviewed, invariably, and deservedly so, enthusiastically. 

He's one of those singers who rarely figure in the DownBeat polls but who, nevertheless, exude a sense of class some of the young guns have yet to achieve. On top of that, he's a fine songwriter whose lyrics have been covered many times by many great vocalists including Claire Martin. Indeed on the old Al Jarreau "list song", Better Than Anything, he includes Claire Martin singing along with Bill Evans' ballads and Joe Williams' blues.

With his old friend David Benoit on piano and some stellar support the whole project came about through the pandemic. Benoit had had a tour cancelled and, with his wife unable to leave Japan, the pair got together to sing and play a few songs. With Winkler socially distanced at the far end of Benoit's 9-foot grand they ran through some of their favourites and, eventually the outline of the album took shape Winkler commenting that you can actually sing through a mask!

Three of the songs are joint collaborations between the two principles: Dragonfly; In a Quiet Place and Thirty Years. There's also a song composed by Bob Dorough (I've Got Just About Everything) as well as one by Dave Frishberg (Sweet Kentucky Ham). The inclusion of songs by those two hippest of the hip guys serves as a good guide to the whereabouts of Winkler's centre of gravity.

This is what singing and communicating with each other (and, of course the listeners) is all about,  Well worth checking out.

It hits the virtual street on Friday (Feb. 19).
Lance

I've Got Just About Everything; Sweet Kentucky Ham; Better Than Anything; The Shadow of Your Smile; Two for the Road; Old Friends/ Bookends; When This Love Affair is Over; I Think It's Going to Rain Today; In a Quiet Place; I Wish I'd Met You; Dragonfly; Thirty Years; Some Other Time.

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