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
You don’t get much more beautiful than that. – Rick James, 88.3 Southern FM
Emma Sidney wastes no time in seducing the listener on LOVE RHAPSODY. Sidney has an appealing style which is lifted by the subtle piano of Todd Sidney and some wonderful bass and brass. – Chris Copas, The Star
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 from Emma. – Don Brow, Jazz Scene, September 2002