West Coast singer m: Mark Winkler (Sweet Spot [Cafe Pacific Records, 2011]) heard David Basse and immediately signed him to his Cafe Pacific Records. Uptown is the first product of this partnership and, for the sake of the male jazz singer, does not come a moment too soon. There exists a huge disparity between female and male singers singing "serious" jazz. For the sake of context, the serious male jazz singers include m: Mark Murphy and m: Jon Hendricks (both in the autumn of their spectacular careers) as well as m: Kurt Elling and m: Andy Bey (still vital). The vast majority of what passes for as male jazz singers are more cabaret singers, the finest ones including m: Jim Caruso (The Swing Set [Yellow Sound Music, 2011]) and the aforementioned Winkler...

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