Australian singer/songwriter Mark Sholtez and this debut album have been a buzz since March of 2005. At first, Real Street was scheduled to be released in September of 2005, but after a long delay, it was set for April Fool's Day of 2006, no less. The album, however, is everything but a joke! For the recording, a stellar cast of musicians worked with legendary producer Tommy LiPuma and engineer Al Schmitt, accompanied by "gentle giant" Rob Mounsey, who arranged Mark Sholtez's own compositions. Real Street is a perfect, captivating summer pitchthere's so much hidden underneath and beyond first impressions.
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.
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!