“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
So this whole Song For The Day thing seemed like such a good idea. I mean everything's on the Net right?
So after several weeks of digging out great songs and singers and realising I couldn't play them because no one else had posted them on YouTube I realised I would have to start making my own videos. So I got busy with Windows Movie Maker.
The house style won't worry Fellini (always assuming he were still around to be worried) but at least I can now share the stuff I really want to share – and maybe continue to surprise some of you.
The first one's a doozy – Miss Etta Jones.
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.