Mark has been working with renowned musician and producer Geoff Gascoyne on a set of sophisticated reinterpretations of 20th century standards from writers as diverse as Cole Porter and Randy Newman. Geoff says, “Mark’s unaffected tone, warm sound and restrained emotionalism complement the arrangements beautifully.”
"Sparkles with energy ... beautifully performed. Great songs interpreted with style. Jennett is a singer who understands and immerses himself in the stories the songs are telling." AllAboutJazz.com
"A welcome release from a singer who thankfully sideswipes the deluge of post Sinatra crooners - yet homage to the great swinging vocal tradition is ever present." Ian Shaw
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.
Geoff Gascoyne (esteemed producer of Everybody Says Don’t) and I recently spoke to Walter Love (BBC Radio Ulster) and John Hellings (BBC Radio Stoke) about the new album. You can listen to extracts from both interviews here:
I also recently appeared on Liv Fernandes' Croydon Radio show Jazzbeat. Here’s the podcast of that show: Mark on JazzBeat