A Troubled Man
10 songs inspired by scenes from
the Wallander novels of Henning mankell
music & lyrics by Chris Lee
A Troubled Man is a musical portrayal of Kurt Wallander, the detective protagonist of Swedish author Henning Mankell’s Nordic noir crime novels.
The ten songs draw from the novels to offer snapshots of his professional and personal life – stake-outs, searches, danger and flight, his relationships with his daughter and ex-lover, his hopes and fears. Together they capture the essence of a flawed but humane man whose aspirations and disappointments will resonate with many.
The songs take their musical inspiration from some of the classic film noir scores of the 60s (Lalo Schifrin’s Bullitt, Johnny Mandel’s Point Blank) as well as from the Nordic jazz of Jan Garbarek.
Mark Jennett – vocals
Chris Lee – piano
Joe Pettitt – bass
Rod Youngs – drums
Music and lyrics by Chris Lee
With grateful thanks to the Estate of Henning Mankell for permission to use the Kurt Wallander character he created.
Chris Lee is a composer, arranger, songwriter and pianist, who has performed and recorded with some of the leading singers on the London jazz scene. His album credits include Alternative Arrangements (with Anton Browne) and Second Take (with Jenny Howe), both of which feature his arrangements of pop/rock standards. A suite for jazz quartet, After Shakespeare, commissioned by Barts Choir, was premiered in a jazz-themed concert at Cadogan Hall London in July 2018.
A Troubled Man is his most recent composition.
Mark Jennett is a jazz singer, educator and lyricist who has been a regular on the London & UK jazz scene for several years. He has been acclaimed as “a singer who understands and immerses himself in the stories the songs are telling” (AllAboutJazz.com) and Jazz Rag praised his ability to “improvise in a manner that brings to mind Mark Murphy.”
Joe is one of London’s most in demand freelance bass players. His big band and orchestral work includes the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, John Wilson Orchestra and Ronnie Scott’s Big Band. Work with jazz artists includes Claire Martin, Elaine Delmar, Duncan Lamont, Joe Stilgoe and Peter King.
Rod Youngs is a drummer and composer, He has performed and recorded with a formidable array of international artists including Abdullah Ibrahim, Lee Konitz, Hugh Masekela, Gil Scott-Heron, Natalie Cole, Ernest Ranglin, Julian Joseph, Courtney Pine, and Jon Hendricks.