Under My Skin

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Mark Lambert has diverse musical interests, having played as a sideman with various pop, rock, and jazz artists. His second CD as a leader is very different from his debut, as his focus is not on originals but creating fresh interpretations of standards, obscurities, and even an offbeat choice. The guitarist, who plays both electric and acoustic instruments, also has a slightly nasal vocal style that swings effectively while remaining accessible to those just getting familiar with jazz. His rhythm section includes pianist Vana Gierig, bassist Matthew Parrish, and drummer Alvester Garnett, all of whom provide strong support. His unusual setting of Cole Porter's "I Love Paris"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Mark Lambert has diverse musical interests, having played as a sideman with various pop, rock, and jazz artists. His second CD as a leader is very different from his debut, as his focus is not on originals but creating fresh interpretations of standards, obscurities, and even an offbeat choice. The guitarist, who plays both electric and acoustic instruments, also has a slightly nasal vocal style that swings effectively while remaining accessible to those just getting familiar with jazz. His rhythm section includes pianist Vana Gierig, bassist Matthew Parrish, and drummer Alvester Garnett, all of whom provide strong support. His unusual setting of Cole Porter's "I Love Paris" is a surprising opener, which incorporates a good deal of Arab influence, including pre-recorded street chants in the background and a Middle Eastern undercurrent supplied by the strings of the Avenue C Orchestra, while he also includes the frequently omitted verse -- a nice touch. Another Porter standard, "I've Got You Under My Skin" is a more conventional bossa nova, though sung and played with finesse by the leader. He sets up "But Not for Me" with an acoustic solo before switching gears to a strutting, swinging arrangement. The late vocalist Betty Carter's "Tight" is an inspired choice, which Lambert sings with the proper degree of hipness. There is one misfire, a radically reharmonized treatment of Cream's hit "Sunshine of Your Love," a piece doomed by its sappy lyrics and repetitious melody. But one disappointing track hardly keeps Under My Skin from being a fine outing by Mark Lambert.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Challenge
  • UPC: 608917328325
  • Catalog Number: 73283
  • Sales rank: 298,322

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Lambert Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Voices
Alvester Garnett Drums
Matthew Parrish Acoustic Bass
Vinicius Barros Percussion, Guest Appearance
Werner "Vana" Gierig Piano
The Avenue C Orchestra Guest Appearance
Vana Glerig Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Jack Bruce Composer
Betty Carter Composer
David Mann Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Pete Brown Composer
Eric Clapton Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Mark Lambert Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Jack Lawrence Composer
Gene Paul Mastering
Cole Porter Composer
Manfred Knoop Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Edward Eliscu Composer
Iain Fraser Engineer
Billy Rose Composer
Marcel van den Broek Art Direction, Cover Design
Alexandre Arruda Picture
Werner "Vana" Gierig Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Walter Lloyd Gross Composer
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