You Are There; a heart-warming and very soothing tribute album of never before released sweet songs by Australia’s First Lady of Jazz Janet Seidel (1955-2017) has been compiled with love by her brother David Seidel. Released in time for the Christmas season in Australia, it is available to purchase and download on iTunes.
Known nationally as the Janet Seidel Trio, for their final winning concert together at the Studio in the Melbourne Recital Centre in May 2017, Janet, David and Chuck Morgan became a quartet, joined by long-time collaborator when the trio were on tour, her very special UK guest Cyril Bevan on drums.
Remembering their special connection is a bittersweet memory for all of her fans and followers. I am also saddened to report in August this year, near to the first anniversary of her death, Chuck Morgan whose heart would not mend after she had gone, went to join this lovely lady in jazz heaven.
UK, Ireland, Europe or Japan, wherever the trio played Janet’s soft swinging style was so admired and this album will bring back memories of happy times for everyone who ever experienced Janet Seidel live on stage.
Janet Seidel enjoyed how jazz offered fans a wide range of active styles for individual performers to play and her voice was often ranked by critics alongside those of such Jazz legends as Peggy Lee, Doris Day and Julie London.
The Tracks on the album include many old favourites including Younger than Springtime, I Wish You Love, Darn that Dream, What Are You Doing For the Rest of Your Life, The Very Thought of You, Days of Wine and Roses, It Might as Well be Spring, I Hadn’t Anyone Till You, Tennessee Waltz, I Got it Bac (And That Ain’t Good), Night and Day and You are There.
You are There is the final track from which the album takes its name. Recorded some fifteen years ago as David reports, it did not seem to fit any album they made until now. Tender and reflective, it is also bitter sweet, the words especially taking us all down
… my dearest dream is gone!
I often think there’s just one thing to do –
Pretend the dream is true
And tell myself that
You are there
Encountering Janet Seidel and her warm and generous spirit was for everyone a very special, personal experience.
We all share a fund of stories, which will resonate our memory for a very long time, especially her passion for the sweet and so very cool jazz she sang with such joy and grace.
Soft, smooth, silky and sophisticated, You Are There featuring Janet Seidel and her wingmen David Seidel and Chuck Morgan will be sure to help heal listener’s hearts all around the world.
Give it as a wonderful gift to a friend for Xmas. Personally, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2018