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Challenge Rec. - 2009
Mark Lambert
Under My Skin

1. I Love Paris (Cole Porter)
2. I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter)
3. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Bob Hilliard/David Mann)
4. Sunshine of Your Love (Jack Bruce/Pete brown/Eric Clapton)
5. Tenderly (Walter Lloyd Gross/Jack Lawrence)
6. But not for me (intro)
7. But not for me (George & Ira Gershwin)
8. This Nearly Was Mine (Richard Rogers/Oscar Hammerstein II)
9. Without A Song (Vincent Youmans/Billy Rose/Edward Eliscu)
10. Tight (Betty Carter)

Mark Lambert - voice, el. and ac. guitar, perc. (#4)
Vana Gierig - piano
Metthew Parrish - bass
Alvester Garnett - drums
Special Guest:
Vinicius Barros - perc. (# 1,2,4)
The Avenue C Orchestra

s the CD is put into the CD player, the first notes seem carry the listener to Morocco, or to a country with special perfumes, but the title of the song is "I Love Paris", a very famous piece of Cole Porter. The piece is slipped between a city background of noises, that indicates a middle eastern inspiration, percussions, a slight shout in the background and swing; all resonances that help the listener to find the flavor, the taste, the multi-ethnic culture of Paris. The voice of Mark Lambert is soft and sensual, and personally I find that this is one of the most attractive pieces on the disk.

"I've Got You Under My Skin", arranged as a Bossa Nova, lands us in Brazil, the country in which the American guitarist has lived for years, and the piece, "In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning" has, surprisingly, a very sparse and minimalistic arrangement that brings out an outstanding interpretation of the vocal colors of Mark Lambert. The accompaniments and solos of Vana Gierig are fantastic and color the instrumental moment of the piece, also arranged in Bossa. The concept of "Sunshine Of Your Love", by Cream, is very interesting as it is totally reharmonized and rearranged in a jazz style (the sole nod to pop music). The album runs pleasantly until the end, where we find "Tight", a piece by Betty Carter, in which Mark Lambert plays wisely with the rhythm.

"Under My Skin", the second album that sees Mark Lambert as a vocalist, is very interesting; we do not forget that it is a discourse of a musician of considerable artistic depth and experience, much of which came from the eminent collaborations that he had in the course of his career. Great is the Vana Trio, that accompanies the singer/guitarist on the whole CD, and fantastic are the interventions of "The Avenue C Orchestra" with their varied arrangements. A very agreeable disk, arranged and played very well, in which the soft voice of the crooner Mark Lambert, at times, winking to a nostalgic era, other times, playful will transport you to a faraway place with an atmosphere all its own.

Eva Simontacchi for Jazzitalia

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Publishing Date: 13/10/2009

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