The New York Times
, January 1996
"A singer's musical style is often unconnected with a more essential emotional signature. That's why even in moments of high exuberance, Ella Fitzgerald, for instance, projects an underlying calm tinged with a girlish wistfulness. In the case of Gail Wynters, a talented jazz singer who has been performing in New York clubs for about 15 years, that signature is an earthy, good-hearted optimism. Even when interpreting a song as down-and-out as Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life," Ms. Wynters gives the unstrung narrator a reserve of pluck and resilience. Her voice is simply too large and full to suggest anything else.
"Lush Life" was one of many pop and jazz standards that Ms. Wynters sang on Tuesday night at Michael's Pub (211 East 55th Street), where she began an open-ended engagement with a trio led by the pianist Herman Foster. Mr. Foster, who seems temperamentally compatible with Ms. Wynters, revels in chunky Erroll Garner-style chords that give a sense of solidity similar to her singing.... Ms. Wynters's Southern gospel mannerisms sometimes lent her ballad singing an edge of soulful wonder."