by Johnny Jazz
CD Title: Reflections
Record Label: DKM
Style: Jazz Vocals
Review: When lyrics speak
the truth they become a prime example of the extravagant
poetry of the American love song.
The torch has been passed and Sharyn Wynters brings torch
singing to new heights with heat, style and sophistication.
The songs contained in this recording have obviously been
chosen with great care. They are among the finest examples
of music's high fashion. A lush string backing plus a myriad
of crafty instrumental insertions embellishes Wynters most
adequately. Her warm infusion of understated power only
intensifies the electricity of her music.
"The Man I Love" Wynter's weaves
a tapestry of exquisite longing, expressing the message
of the Gershwins as it was truly intended. The aura of a
perfumed New Orleans night is felt as Sharyn Wynters casts
a magical spell ith the melody. She stretches out a bit
as she phrases skillfully and directly from her heart to
"I Can't Give You Anything But Love"..Wynters pulls this
old chestnut from the fire and keeps it hot with a jaunty
strut for 3;24 minutes of pure delight.
"My Foolish Heart" is one of those
songs with an underlying theme of sweet admonishments and
an unforgettable melody. Sharyn Wynters smokes this piece
with passion and elegance.
"They Can't Take That Away From Me" The verse is sung and
then the hip finger popping excursion into Sharyn Wynters
sweetly swinging mode begins. A South Beach cocktail couldn't
be any cooler.
Sharyn Wynters possesses a unique style and a rich and luxuriant
tone, her lyric interpretation is as good as it gets. The
romantically inclined will have a field day with this album.
Sharyn Wynters is a singer of love songs that loves to sing
and it is apparent to anyone that listens to this recording
This CD may be purchased by visiting http://www.sharynwynters.com
Tracks: The Man I Love, You Go To My Head, I See
Your Face Before Me, I Can't Give You Anything But Love,
My Foolish Heart, I've Got It Bad, Where Or When, I'm Through
With Love, Go Away Little Boy, Where Are You, They Can't
Take That Away, Smile, Always.
Artist's Website: http://www.sharynwynters.com
Reviewed by Johnny jazz : http://community-2.webtv.net/johnnyjazz/johnnyjazzsjazzpage/page4.html
Yanow's review of Sharyn's November performance at the Universal
Hilton. Scott's review appears in the current issue of L.A.
Jazz Scene (January 2005):
"Cathy Segal-Garcia hosted
'An Evening Of Vocalists' at the Universal Hilton. With
the tireless pianist Karen Hammack, bassist Michael Sourcese
and drummer Jack Le Compte offering support, seven different
singers of varying quality performed. Four were standouts.
Ann Hilton displayed a sweet voice on 'Please be Kind,'
'Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered' and 'The Nearness of
You.' Ann Mack, who should be better known, is quite a powerhouse
yet knows how to make each note count as she showed on 'My
Funny Valentine' and 'Bye, Bye Blackbird.' Cathy Segal-Garcia
was in excellent form on 'Taking a Chance on Love' and a
medium tempo version of 'My Ship.'
"However, Sharyn Wynters stole the
show. Rather than just singing numbers, she also played
a humorous character, one who made witty comments and told
stories between songs. She controlled the stage from the
moment she started and gone were any false beginnings or
aimless endings; every chorus made sense. Among the songs
that she made her own were a medium-slow version of 'Cheek
to Cheek,' 'I See Your Face Before Me,' 'I'm Old Fashioned'
and a dramatic 'The Man That Got Away.' It was a very impressive
performance by a skilled singer who should perform in town
-- Scott Yanow
Scott Yanow is one of the biggest jazz critics
in the music industry. He has 3 books out on jazz and is
viewed as one
of the jazz giants in the music scene.
is in the Oct. 1 issue of L.A. Jazz Scene
Sharyn Wynters is a new voice on the
jazz scene although she has had a very interesting life.
An actress who became a naturopathic doctor, a few years
ago Wynters realized that her one main unfulfilled goal
was to become a torch singer of romantic standards. “Reflections
of Love” is her recording debut.
Ms. Wynters has a very warm and sensuous
voice which is well displayed on 13 familiar standards.
She is accompanied by producer Darryl Kennedy who plays
all of the instruments including keyboards, brass and reeds.
Sharyn Wynters has a haunting and
sincere voice and a real love for this music which included
such tunes as "The Man I Love," "I See Your Face Before
Me," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Where Are You"
and "Smile." This CD (available from www.sharynwynters.com)
is well worth picking up by lovers of torch songs and melodic