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Bossa Eyes

by Emma Sidney

If you want to bask in the music of a lazy summer day, a perfect laid back Latin tribute to Tom Jobim, this is the right place. A samba Bossa mash up of acoustic latin styles with floating sensual vocals awaits. 4.5 out of 5 stars in The Age Green Guide.
Genre: Latin: Brazilian Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Corner of the Earth
5:36 $0.99
2. Intersection
4:52 $0.99
3. Agua de Beber
5:16 $0.99
4. Infant Eyes
8:45 $0.99
5. Tangerine
3:29 $0.99
6. Corcovado
5:38 $0.99
7. Catching the Wave
4:17 $0.99
8. Man with the Child in His Eyes
5:41 $0.99
9. Moonlight in Vermont
5:45 $0.99
10. Telephone Song
2:24 $0.99
11. I Concentrate on You
6:51 $0.99
12. Unforgettable
4:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
Reviews: Leon Gettler, 4/5 The Age Green Guide - July 15, 2010.

“DON’T be fooled by the title. Sidney embraces the Latin American sounds but goes much further. It’s a brave, innovative journey – intriguing to listen to – that leaves the listener wondering where they will be taken. One of the best examples is her take on Wayne Shorter’s Infant Eyes. Its complicated, convoluted melody line would defy most vocalists. Backed by Bob Sedergreen on piano, Sidney holds it together, creating one of the album’s more intriguing passages. Sidney’s interpretation of the lyrics stands out. She understands them and brings them to life.

Other non-bossa tracks include the Kate Bush classic Man with the Child in His Eyes and Johnny Mercer’s Tangerine, which is given a Latin flavour, thanks largely to Todd Sidney’s work on piano and Denis Close on Brazilian percussion. Unforgettable gets a bossa makeover, too. Check out Agua de Beber and Corcovado, where she gives the words more power and presence than most vocalists. For a Melbourne woman, Sidney’s handle on the Portuguese language is pretty good.

Her Latin rendition of Moonlight in Vermont is special, too, transforming an otherwise overdone, tired song into something fresh and new, thanks in no small part to her interpretation of the lyrics.

Her own composition, Catching the Wave, has a beguiling flow.There’s enough her to captivate most listeners.”

Bossa Eyes, Emma Sidney BY STEVE ROBERTSON
“The popularity of bossa promises to make a comeback, thanks to this lovely and gentle new CD. On these 12 well-chosen tracks Emma Sidney mixes famous Jobim standards with much loved melodies like “Tangerine”, and even a slow, haunting Kate Bush song, “Man With The Child In His Eyes.” Emma’s own delicious “Catching The Wave” ought to be the theme music for a surf doco, it’s that good.

Emma’s supporting cast, including pianist Todd Sidney and guitarist Nic Lam, remain faithful to the highly sensual spirit of bossa. On two tracks, Victorian music legend Bob Sedergreen makes a welcome return to the studio.

It’s perfect for late night listening when romance is a real possibility.”

The Portland Observer"

Emma Sidney’s greatest strength in live performances and in recording is her uncanny ability to get inside the lyrics. It makes her performance quite distinctive. She can connect with the listener and audience by bringing lyrics, giving the words more power and presence than most vocalists. It makes for some intriguing and often quite captivating listening. Also, it is always good to watch Emma working in with the band, giving the players lots of space and respect. They reciprocate. All up, Emma Sidney’s signature is a strong sense of style, along with a willingness to take risks and innovate." - Leon Gettler, The Age Green Guide Jazz Reviewer

Paul Boath as producer brought the recording to life with a loving hand that has created live magic for many major artists such as George Shearing and Joe Pass. Being instrumental in the inner circle of world class performers such as Elton John and John Farnham, Emma knew she was in good hands when Paul decided that this album needed to be nurtured and given every possibility for us to hear it.

Emma Sidney - vocals
Todd Sidney. - piano except tracks 2,4
Bob Sedergreen - piano tracks 2, 4
Nic Lam - guitar
Denis Close - percussion



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