“Hugely enjoyable” Jazzwise
“Sparkles with energy” AllAboutJazz.com
“Refreshingly original… a stand out performance” Jazz Rag
“A refreshingly unfussy style and a knack for telling a story” The Scotsman
“Wonderful, compelling listening” Anita Wardell
“Sideswipes the deluge of post Sinatra crooners” Ian Shaw
Many thanks to Rob Lester at talkinbroadway.com for this great review
Mark Jennett knows and shows that a flame kept low for a slow-burning fire can be more effective than the dramatic, fiery, attention-grabbing vocalizing many prefer. It takes talent and focus to be mellow and yet mesmerizing.
Mark takes the tempo and drama in low gear, but never sounds dispassionate or too offhand. A quiet confidence informs his stance and phrasing, with vulnerability cloaked in a jazz man's hip assuredness. There's a respect implied and an understanding when he and his arranger go into uncharted waters.
Jennett and Geoff Gascoyne, the arranger-producer-band member (bass, organ, synthesizer and glockenspiel) have the rare ability of making songs sound in the moment and owned, without the whiff of gimmicks.
Many thanks to Peter Quinn for this great review of the new CD in the October issue of Jazzwise magazine.
Kicking off with the adrenalized title track, taken from the Sondheim musical Anyone Can Whistle, this hugely enjoyable 14-track collection from vocalist Mark Jennett presents a mix of standards, show tunes and pop classics.
From the syncopated electric piano riff that gently propels ‘Are You There (With Another Boy) forward, to the slinky, head-nodding take on ‘How Long Has This Been Going On’, to the pared down voice, bass and drums interpretation of ‘Oh, Look At Me Now’, Geoff Gascoyne’s arrangements are first rate.
Many thanks to Greg Murphy and Jazz Rag for this fantastic review of the new album.
Mark Jennett is a singer of considerable ability, refreshingly original in his treatment of items from the Great American Songbook ... But most intriguing of all is Jennett’s ability to act as a sixth instrumentalist, improvising over and around the chord sequences in a manner that brings to mind Mark Murphy.
To echo There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This, on this standout performance, I really can’t imagine what that might be. Five stars, as they once used to write.