Saturday, October 01, 2011

A review of Pinky Winters new(-ish) CD Winters in Summer

by Joe Lang from the Nov. issue of Jersey Jazz

One of the special record labels around today is the Sinatra Society of Japan.  Thanks to their President, Yasuo Sangu, and with assistance from Bill Reed, they have been committed to releasing new and reissue vocal albums, ones that deserve wider distribution in the United States.  One of the artists who has several releases on the label is the sublime PINKY WINTERS.  Her latest effort,Winters in Summer (SSJ – 1518), is a collection of mostly Brazilian songs, and a few that found their first life on these shores, but are given a Brazilian setting.  There are songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins, Sergio Mendes and Roberto Menescal, plus “Another Rio” by Jack Jones and BobFlorence, Cole Porter’s “I Concentrate on You,” and a trip to “Zanzibar” via Dave Frishberg.  Taking the Brazilian excursion with Winters are Jim Cox on piano and Hammond B-3 organ, Tom Warringtonon bass, Ralph Penland on drums and percussion, Pete Christlieb on tenor sax and Ron Anthony on guitar.  Winters is right at home in this genre, and perfectly captures the gentle swing of the music. She has a smooth and soothing voice that adapts well to any song lucky enough to have her sing it. There are many pleasures to be derived from time spent with Winters in Summer. (

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