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.

 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.

 A second Bacharach/David song, Wives and Lovers, takes on an entirely different character recast in a grooving 5/4, while Jennett’s storytelling strengths come to the fore in Some People (from the Sondheim/Styne musical Gypsy). A typically inventive reworking of Frank Loesser’s Slow Boat To China brings the album to an exuberant close. Throughout, Jennett’s understated approach is enhanced by the warm, expertly balanced recording (take a bow Derek Nash).

Peter Quinn
Jazzwise magazine