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Night Owl

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This jazz is not about sitting quietly in the background, or irritating listeners in a shout for attention — it's smooth jazz that reaches gently into the mind, touches the soul, and makes you care about nothing else but the music.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Night Owl 1/4 to Four
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2. Joy Ride 1/4 to Four
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3. Ain't No Avocado 1/4 to Four
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4. Someone Like You 1/4 to Four
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5. Tapestry 1/4 to Four
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6. Free Spirit intro 1/4 to Four
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7. Free Spirit 1/4 to Four
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8. Down To The Gritty 1/4 to Four
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9. Loose Change 1/4 to Four
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10. Maybe Now Gigi Mackenzie
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11. Eight-Finger Funk 1/4 to Four
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12. Dream Tripper 1/4 to Four
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13. When Giacomo Learned To swing 1/4 to Four
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Album Notes
"An extraordinary album."
Doug Davis, director of the Bakersfield Jazz Festival.

"Night Owl" — It started out as an idea for a solo album. But it soon evolved into a remarkable collaboration between award-winning composer and pianist Henry Winckel, and former Tower of Power saxophonist Paul Perez.

Winckel began writing music in January of 2006 for what would turn out to be an almost two-year project. By mid year, he'd written about seven tunes, playing and recording the piano, bass, drum and background parts using synthesized and sampled instruments.
He invited friend and former Liverpool Express keyboardist Roger Scott Craig to give the tunes a listen. Craig suggested the music could be enhanced by adding some real saxophone.

Winckel hired Perez to play on the album, and was immediately impressed with his musicianship. Perez was equally impressed with the music, and the two decided to collaborate.
It turned out to be a perfect blend of talents.

The project soon attracted top session players such as bassist Jimmy Haslip of the Yellowjackets, Crosby Loggins drummer Jarred Pope, bassist Glen Fong, and a host of other top-notch musicians.

The result is "Night Owl," an album that has been enthusiastically praised by music experts for its "superior musicianship, music and compositions," in addition to being hailed as "some of the most melodious jazz to be produced in recent memory."


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John Young

Night Owl
Winckel and friends have created a great package of smooth jazz, entertaining and enjoyable. It's enough to turn a jazzophobe into a jazzophile.

cecilia parsons

Okay, i am not one of you totally cool people who know a lot about jazz, but i do enjoy all types of music. this is one of those albums i want to listen to every day. You can't just subconsciously enjoy Night Owl, it's not background, it grabs your attention and you find yourself listening to all the different instruments and feeling the melody. i can't imagine anyone not enjoying this music. Thanks for this gift, Henry.

Karen Maxwell

Night Owl
As a lover of smooth jazz I am so impressed with this CD. The first song I heard off the CD was Joyride and it became my favorite song to listen too. After listening to is several times now, I can't decide which is my favorite, all of the songs are enjoyable. Henry Winckel's perfectly seasoned talent has me captivated!
I can hear all these songs on the radio in my head, it feels like a best hits CD because of each song's quality. Paul Perez saxophone playing along with Henry's keyboards are a match made in heaven, in a way that they sound absolutely wonderful together. Night Owl is awesome!

Roger O'Simmons

An amazing CD from start to finish with wonderful melodies, contemporary but melodic jazz progressions. Mr. Winckel is a smoothguy genius and we look forward to many more albums to come from him in the future. Can't stop listening to this CD. FANTASTIC!!

Lilian Piattini

Night Owl
It was "When Giacomo Learned To Swing" which made me decide to buy the CD...but on receivement of the shipped CD I soon fell in love with all the songs of Night Owl! What a feeling... what a wonderful sound, an enchanting explosion of emotions!
Thanks Henry, waiting for the nect CD...
Lili (jazzzcat)

Karen Maxwell

Ain't no Avacodo
like to consider myself a connoisseur of the smoothest Jazz music. I can tell right away when a song is going to be a hit. It has all the right elements!!! Ain't no Avocado, is one of those songs. Each time I hear it I feel like hearing it again, it's so enjoyable and fun, then I look at the jacket to see the name of the song, and it's like Ain't No Avocado??? Ok... I like it! I am enjoying the entire CD! I highly recommend Night Owl for a holiday gift to anyone you know who likes smooth Jazz, because they will love this music!
Sincerely, Karen Maxwell in Denver, CO