Performing since she was 17, Janet Seidel is now one of Australia's more
prominent vocalists. Despite the title of her latest effort, this is by
no means an album of easy listening, lounge type music. Even though
there's the presence strings on several tracks, they are offset by
musicians steeped in the jazz tradition like Tom Baker on tenor sax.
Also having a jazz flavor, "I've Got Crush on You" is done in a small
group setting with Paul Williams providing a mellow background with his
clarinet contrasting nicely with Seidel's simple, straightforward
rendition of this popular classic. Even on those tunes where the strings
are present, there is still a feel for jazz. A slow paced arrangement
of The Sweetest Sounds mixes the strings with Kevin Hunt's melodic piano
With a voice that combines the good features of Blossom Dearie with some Peggy Lee and Doris Day stirred in for seasoning, Seidel is at home in a number of styles. She can lull you with a sentimental ballad and then get naively erotic with a blues. She gets together with Col Nolans's Hammond B3 organ for a version of "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You" which blends innocence with allurement. The Latin beat gets a nod with "Mas Que Nada". There's a touch of soulful regret on "Don't Let the Sun Catch you Crying" behind Tom Baker's wailing tenor sax while there's a come hither quality in her interpretation of "Love for Sale with Baker :taking up his cornet. Seidel takes on a poetic bearing on "Fools Rush In" which, as much as any track, reveals her ability to convey the essence of the story embedded in the lyrics she sings. Irrespective of their genre, all the tunes are delivered in a delightful, ear catching, engaging manner.
Backed by Australians musician of the highest caliber, this CD of more than 60 minutes of varied vocalizing is highly recommended.
Track Listing: The Very Thought of You; To Say Goodbye; Comes Love;I've Got a Crush on You; I Got Lost in His Arms; At Sundown; The Sweetest Sounds;Fools Rush In; Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You; Mas Que Nada; Love for Sale; I Had the Craziest Dream; Don't Let the Sun Catch you Crying; Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair
Personnel: Janet Seidel- Vocals/Conductor/Piano; Kevin Hunt - Piano; Col Nolan - Piano/Hammond B3 Organ; Paul Williams - Tenor Sax/Clarinet; Tom Baker - Tenor Sax/Cornet; David Seidel - Bass/Guitar; John Morrison - Drums/Percussion; Hamish Stuart- Drums; Ian Blosom- Percussion; Len Barnard - Drums; David McLeod - Vocals; Mirka Rozmus, Rebecca Daniel, Rebecca, Michelle Kelly - Violin; Virginia Comerford - Viola; Rachel Valentine Rachel- Cello
Record Label: La Brava Music