Love Rhapsody

A passion for all kinds of love is conveyed in Emma Sidney's remarkable debut jazz CD Love Rhapsody. By song selection and interpretation, Emma leads you on a journey from one relationship to the next. With every emotive note you are drawn deep into her private world; intimately engaged one moment in the delight and ardour of love triumphant and in the next caught up in frustration, devastation and the rage of love lost.

A passion for all kinds of love is conveyed in Emma Sidney's remarkable debut jazz CD Love Rhapsody. By song selection and interpretation, Emma leads you on a journey from one relationship to the next. With every emotive note you are drawn deep into her private world; intimately engaged one moment in the delight and ardour of love triumphant and in the next caught up in frustration, devastation and the rage of love lost.

Listening to this CD is a treat for the ears. Lush, organic sounds created by an 'all in' approach provide an unusually live sound for a studio album. The quintet and sextet numbers are vibrant with good humour, while the trio and quartet tracks allow the vocal to shine through - intimate and honest. Stylistically speaking, from the first track You'd be so nice to come home to the listener is in no doubt that swing is alive and this singer has it. Emma's Latin vibe rings true and you can pick any ballad for a perfect moment - such as Blues for Breakfast, where the vocal really pulls at the heart strings, with moments of absolute destitution.

In a world where new vocal jazz composition is very rare, Emma has added three beautiful original compositions (Lament, Changeable Day and Love Rhapsody), bringing new life to the Blues and Latin genres. While there are many exceptional selections, notable moments of brilliance are achieved on Lament, Don't Explain and Solitude.

Love Rhapsody is an inspired look by a musician confident to cross musical styles with a willing sense of experimentation. It has the appeal of the familiar while leading you into some unexpected places. As a debut CD Love Rhapsody holds some shining moments and much promise for the future.

Artist

Emma Sidney

A dedicated vocalist since her teens, Melbourne-based Emma Sidney has performed classical, opera, musical and jazz works since 1988, including stage and television appearances. From 1999 has dedicated herself to music full time leading bands, teaching jazz privately and organising work locally and overseas.


Press quotes

“Emma has a nice easy style, whether swinging the standards or interpreting a slow ballad ... a fine effort from all concerned and I'm sure this will be the first of many CDs...”

— Don Brow, Jazz Scene

“assured projection and exacting pitch ... immersing herself in the emotions suggested by the song.”

— Bill Donaldson, Cadence Magazine, USA

“Absolutely beautiful! So well done ... the arrangements, production, and [her] voice is great!!”

— Valerie Brown, 4MBS FM

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To Cole Porter
  2. The Very Thought Of You Ray Noble
  3. L-O-V-E Bert Kaempfert Milt Gabler
  4. Don't Explain Billie Holiday Arthur Herzog Jr
  5. Changeable Day Emma Sidney
  6. Blues For Breakfast Matt Dennis Jerry Gladstone
  7. Lament Emma Sidney
  8. A Day In The Life Of A Fool (Black Orpheus) Carl Sigman Antonio Maria Luiz Bonfá
  9. Solitude Duke Ellington Eddie DeLange
  10. Nature Boy Eden Ahbez
  11. Almost Like Being In Love Frederick Loewe Alan Jay Lerner
  12. Love Rhapsody Emma Sidney
  13. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie Billy Mayhew
  14. And I Love Him John Lennon Paul McCartney

Composers

Matt Dennis

Matt Dennis was born into a musical family; his father was a singer and his mother a violinist, and the family business was a vaudeville act. In one year, Tommy Dorsey recorded fourteen of Matt's songs, including Everything Happens to Me, which was one of Frank Sinatra's early hits with the band.

Frederick Loewe

Frederick Loewe (1901–1988) was an Austrian-American composer. He collaborated with lyricist Alan Jay Lerner on the long-running Broadway musicals My Fair Lady and Camelot, with book and lyrics by Lerner, both of which were made into films.


Where to buy

Love Rhapsody can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’, Discurio and Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
August 2002
Copyright
© 2002 Emma Sidney
Phonogram
℗ 2002 Move Records
Categories
Australian, Jazz, Vocal
Catalogue number
MCD 211
Alternate catalogue number
MCD211
Barcode
EAN 9314574021127