Wall to Wall Bowie is a celebration of the music of one of the greatest pop icons. Creator and arranger Janette Mason presents a fresh look at Bowie’s songs, with new arrangements, jazz twists, and a unique approach. She has earned a fantastic reputation for her sell out shows and acquired a loyal fan base along the way.
Janette is joined by two incredible vocalists, David McAlmont, best known for his hit Yes with Bernard Butler and Dance Diva extraordinaire Sam Obernik. They each bring a unique theatricality to Bowie’s material supported by a band of world class musicians. They have been performing to sell out audiences for the last nine years and acquired a loyal fan base along the way.
“This is Bowie, but not as you’ve heard it before.”
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FAME ft: David McAlmont
Fame is the latest single to be released from Janette Mason’s Wall To Wall Bowie EP.
Written by David Bowie, John Lennon and Carlos Alomar this track first appeared on Young Americans in 1975 and was Bowie’s first US No.1.
Bowie on fame :
“I think fame itself is not a rewarding thing. The most you can say is that it gets you a seat in restaurants”
Janette has added her trade-mark jazz twists and a whole lot of soul to this funk/rock classic, helped by an incredible rhythm section of bassist Yolanda Charles – Squeeze, Paul Weller, drummer Andrew Small – Courtney Pine, Mica Paris guitarist Rob Harris – Beverly Knight, Jamiroquai and percussionist Will Fry.
WILD IS THE WIND ft: SAM OBERNIK
Although not a Bowie original composition, it was recorded for his 1976 album Station To Station and it has become synonymous with him.
THE JEAN GENIE
The Jean Genie, featuring David McAlmont (McAlmont and Butler) and Sam Obernik, is the second of four singles to be released from Janette Mason’s EP Wall To Wall Bowie, celebrating the music of David Bowie.
Nearly fifty years on from the original recording this iconic song has been re-invented to great effect by innovative pianist, composer and producer Janette Mason, whose credits include Oasis, Seal, k.d.Lang, Robert Wyatt and many more.
Janette’s surprising and inventive approach, with a slowed down funk groove, heavy guitar/bass riff and jazz inflected Fender Rhodes takes the song in a whole new direction.
David McAlmont, Janette’s long-term collaborator, inflects the lyrics with a rhythm akin to a 60s beat poet whilst Sam Obernik‘s unique voice delivers a powerful punch to the chorus.
This is Bowie as you’ve never heard it before
“Acclaimed British pianist Janette Mason follows up her recent single ‘Starman’ by issuing on February 19th 2021 another track from her forthcoming ‘Wall To Wall Bowie’ EP. It’s a unique interpretation of David Bowie’s iconic 1973 hit, ‘The Jean Genie,’ which is transformed into a chunk of edgy, super-charged, jazz-flecked, funk-rock fronted by the magnetic vocals of David McAlmont. Mason plays electric piano, serving up a mesmeric groove together with guitarist Rob Harris, bassist Yolanda Charles and drummer Andrew Small while siren-voiced backing singer Sam Obernik joins McAlmont on the anthemic chorus.”