Under My Skin

Under My Skin

by Mark Lambert
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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:
06/09/2009
Label:
Challenge
UPC:
0608917328325
catalogNumber:
73283

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Lambert   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Voices
Alvester Garnett   Drums
Matthew Parrish   Acoustic Bass
Vinicius Barros   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Werner "Vana" Gierig   Piano
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   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Mark Lambert   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Jack Lawrence   Composer
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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