As 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.
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Publishing Date: 13/10/2009