Real Street, the effervescent debut album by Mark Sholtez, introduces a vibrant new talent to the musical landscape. The album's 11 original numbers and a remarkable cover of U2’s infamous “All I Want Is You” demonstrates effortless charisma and confident expertise, establishing the young Australian singer/songwriter as both a masterful tunesmith and a magnetic performer who can sell a song with the poise and confidence of a veteran.
The Brisbane native's original compositions draw upon such time-tested styles as swing and lounge, but his playful songwriting and charismatic vocals maintain an unmistakably contemporary sensibility. His distinctive blend of youthful energy, urbane lyrical savvy and a contagious melodic sensibility elevates an impressive assortment of material that ranges from the tongue-in-cheek humor of Love Me for the Cool and Complicated Woman, to the breezy lilt of One More Kiss and Melita, to the heartfelt romanticism of If You Were A Song and Dream About You.
Real Street’s soulful, sophisticated musical settings match Sholtez's talents with those of some of contemporary jazz's most revered and respected figures. The album's musical cast includes legendary producer (and Verve Music Group chairman) Tommy LiPuma (Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Nat King Cole, George Benson, Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Miles Davis) along with noted veteran engineer Al Schmitt and a prestigious cast of players that includes Christian McBride on bass, Rob Mounsey on keyboards, Geoffrey Keezer on Piano, Bob Mann on guitar, Chris Potter on sax and Lewis Nash on drums.