Writes the veteran jazz vocalist Carol Sloane in her liner notes for Rain Sometimes":
You may be unfamiliar with the work of Pinky Winters, but with resolute confidence in the exquisite music contained on this disc, I believe you will join the hundreds of musicians and others singers who have been her staunchest admirers for many years, in spite of the fact that so few of her precise interpretations have been heretofore readily available. This is a voice which will enchant you for now and evermore."
Jazz vocalist Pinky Winters recorded one album in the 1950s, another in the 60s, then married and retired from the cabaret and jazz club circuit. Today copies of both those highly regarded out-of-print LPs command many hundreds of dollars apiece on the record collectors market.
Since the 1960s, Winters has surfaced in the recording studio only three times. But each appearance has proved worth the wait. In 1985, she cut Let's Be Buddies" (Jacqueline Records); in 1994, This Happy Madness"; and last year saw the release of As Long As Theres Music" (Koch Jazz), a collaboration with pianist Lou Levy, and the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra. It drew the following words of praise from The Jazz Review":
Pinky Winters, at ease with the large band, [is] warm, and swinging.
Her 1994 Verve release This Happy Madness" received rave reviews, including the following from France, where the album charted:
She has now taken flight so that nothing can stop her --Nord-Matin
A revelation in vocal jazz -- La Voix du Nord
In his review of the L.A. Jazz Los Angeles Jazz Institute Winter 2000 Christmas program, Don Heckman, in the Los Angeles Times", deemed Winters talented and too little-acknowledged. The late Leonard Feather in the same publication wrote that Winters can scarcely fail to please the jazz-trained ear.
And from Japan comes this: Considering Winters talent, her scarcity of recordings simply doesnt make sense. Nobumasa Takai --- liner notes for the CD reissue of Pinky".
For many years now, the esteemed British pianist-concert hall and film soundtrack composer ("Billion Dollar Brain", Murder on the Orient Express", Far From the Madding Crowd") Richard Rodney Bennett has wanted to record with Winters (for her, the feeling has been mutual). Until now, though, their schedules, along with geographical considerations, have worked against such a summit meeting.
Now, however, Los Angeles' Cellar Door Records is proud to announce that the long-awaited encounter has taken place, and with award-winning engineer Peter Granet on board, Winters and Bennett have recorded a CD titled Rain Sometimes" - Cllr101. Release date is 11/15/02
The CD features Winters and Bennett performing: Why Cant I, Lets Take the Long Way Home, Put Your Dreams Away, Rain Sometimes, The Lamp is Low, a new Dave Frishberg-Johnny Mandel composition, and seven others.
If you would like further information about the recording, go to www.pinkywinters.com.