Mark Sholtez: Real Street (2006)
Sholtez's timbre is light, boyish and youthful, with a touch of fragile prudence that will no doubt charm many young men and women in the prime of their lives. The album alludes to a kaleidoscope of notions, incorporating a variety of moods, tempi and stories. "Complicated Woman" and "Not What I'll Be Missin'" carry a dash of Lyle Lovett's charisma, while "One More Kiss" creates a warm and vibrant Latin ambiance.
Real Street is certainly an album of compelling love songs, like "Falling," "Deeper," "Wanting You," "If You Were A Song" and "Dream About You." Your fingers and toes will tap in sync with the jazzed-up beats of "Melita" and "Love Me For The Cool." Christian McBride's classy bass intro and Chris Potter's sax playing lend promise to the U2 cover "All I Want Is You," which the group completely transforms into an authentic jazz tune!
The true gem that is "Home By Now" offers a sultry song, teaser arrangement and "maiden voyage." This Michael Franks fan is bound to grow and blossom, offering promise for future endeavours.
Track Listing: Love Me For The Cool; If You Were A Song; All I Want Is You; Dream About You; Not What I'll Be Missin'; Home By Now; Melita; Wanting You; Complicated Woman; Falling; One More Kiss; Deeper.
Personnel: Mark Sholtez: vocals, backing vocals; Rob Mounsey: piano, keyboards, arranger and conductor; Lewis Nash: drums; Christian McBride: acoustic bass; Geoffrey Keezer: piano; Bob Mann: guitar; Ricky Peterson: hammond B3 organ; Luis Quintera: percussion; Jerry Barnes, Dennis Collins: backing vocals; Chris Potter: tenor sax; Alex Sipiagin: flugelhorn; Lawrence Feldman: alto sax, alto flute; Dave Mann: tenor sax, alto flute; Roger Rosenberg: baritone sax; Dave Bargeron: trombone; Gil Goldstein: accordion.
Record Label: Verve Music Group