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This Dance

by Michael Winkle

A compilation of timeless jazz standards,and originals, performed by an all star ensemble, and sung with emotion and maturity by this very soulful and engaging artist.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Almost Like Being In Love
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2. This Dance
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3. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
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4. Besame Mucho
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5. Angel Eyes
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6. I Guess I Knew
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7. Nature Boy
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8. Why Did I Choose You?
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9. It All Depends On You
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10. For All We Know
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11. Waltz For Debby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jazz vocalist Michael Winkle's inaugural CD "This Dance" is a compilation of wonderful standards and original songs that are performed by some of Portland, Oregon's jazz elite, and sung with emotion, and maturity by this very soulful and gifted singer. The two original songs "This Dance" and "I Guess I Knew" hold their own with this collection and establish Michael as a talented songwriter and a masterful interpreter of classic material.
"This Dance" has much to offer for a wide range of tastes,featuring great ensemble playing, virtuoso solo performances, and intelligent arrangements by pianist/arranger Joe Millward culminating into a rewarding and satisfying listening experience.

"Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60's, I was surrounded by an incredible music scene that offered such a diversity of musical genres that on any given week end, you could see artists such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Tower Of Power, and Miles Davis, to name a few. "Early on, I was absolutely knocked out by many of the British bands, particularly Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Animals, The Zombies, The Hollies, and of course, the Beatles. Around 1968, an older friend turned me on to a radio station broadcasting from Oakland. I think the station was KSOL or something like that. It was all soul all the time and it just turned me inside out! I couldn't hear enough Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Jerry Butler, The Impressions, The Drifters, Aretha Franklin, and so many others."
"In the seventies, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rankin, and Bobby Caldwell were the guys that I tried to emulate. Stevie Wonder for sure and Bobby Caldwell to a certain extent were soulful, Kenny Rankin was almost folk like, but with a jazzy edge, and Lenny Williams singing "Soul Vaccination", oh my gosh, so smooth! Al Green and Donny Hathaway were a couple of other singers that really impacted me."

"It was during the 80's that I first really listened to Frank Sinatra. It was like a revelation! I had heard all those songs before, but hadn't really paid attention. Of course, I went through my Sinatra phase just like a million other singers, and found out quickly that I wasn't ever going to be Frank Sinatra. I discovered Chet Baker about 10 years ago and dubbed him the 'Anti Sinatra'; I really love his phrasing,wonderful pitch,and the hornlike quality of his voice. Another singer that I really enjoy is Johnny Hartman. As far as ballad singing goes, Johnny Hartman is it!" "As for contemporary artists,i'm a huge fan of Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, Shirley Horn and a Portland native, Rebecca Kilgore, who I think is as good as anyone. There is another singer in Portland, Shirley Nannete, who I also think is great."

" After over 20 years of performing with my dance band Pressure Point, playing cover tunes and performing for private events, I started to find my own voice and style, that is really just a synthesis of everything that I've listened to and loved. Some vocalists are fortunate enough to discover who they are early in their careers, and by pass the stage of trying to imitate others. It took me many years to develop the confidence to present myself as an artist, and not just another 'band guy' trying to get over with someone else's sound."

" I hope to continue recording and writing. I have done some club work here in Portland and love that. I really like the intimacy that small venues afford,and enjoy working with a trio or quartet, and of course the opportunities to work the larger group with horns and percussion are always exciting!. I am having the time of my life as a performer, and feel as though the best is yet to come."


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Donna Richards

Best I've heard in this type of genre
Love the two originals and the older classics. Gave it to my Dad for his birthday and he loves it. Michael's voice really fits this type of music.

Mary Burlingame KMHD Radio Gresham, Oregon

as good as anything received at KMHD by national jazz artists.
Michael Winkle's release, This Dance, displays his abilities to perform jazz, but more importantly Michael puts his own spin on this collection of tunes. Giving him a great roadmap to follow are the arrangements by Joe Millward and boosting the talent quotient is his choice of the best players that the Portland music scene has to offer. Michael gives the listener the ability to shamelessly enjoy James Taylor's music as jazz. I enjoyed hearing Michael's beautiful use of his vibrato and his technical ability as a vocalist, happily making this listener think, this release is as good as anything that is being received at KMHD by national jazz artists. Enjoy!

George Fendel

Portland singer Michael Winkle a stellar effort in debut CD!
Portland's Michael Winkle has released his initial CD and has wisely chosen great tunes with stellar arrangements and a wide array of the city's finest musicians. Winkle's "not quite a tenor,-not quite a baritone" voice is somewhere in the Chet Baker-Jim Feguson arena, and he's most impressive on tunes like Angel Eyes, Why Did I choose You, For All We Know, Waltz For Debby, Almost Like Being In Love, and more. My "fave" was his own composition, I Guess I Knew. Had it been written in the heyday of Songbook American, it would have been a major hit.