Empty Room – Fritz Pauer & Mark Murphy
This powerful, contemplative ballad by Fritz Pauer has a poetic lyric by Mark Murphy. Exclusive MP3 track of master vocalist Rachel Gould available as well as a Minus You practice track without vocals.
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- Recording: Rachel Gould - The JazzLeadSheets Songbook
- Recorded on: October 23, 2004
- Label: jazzleadsheets.com (JLS 1006)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: Alto, F3 to A4
- Style: Ballad
- Vocal - Rachel Gould
- Piano - Cecilia Coleman
- Bass - Tim Givens
- Drums - Vince Cherico
Known for her vocal phrasing and technique, Rachel Gould exquisitely molds the melody into a lyrical innovation crafting each word around the notes.
Lyric Description: Empty Room hauntingly describes an estranged narrator, left with only the sounds of emptiness. The solitude evokes memories of an old lover, memories filled with pain and regret. How to rid the room of the echoes of past love? Stay within the noisy heartache of the past, or quiet the sound for a moment with lustful fun? Anything is better than this taunting. But the only way to end the noise is with the friendly sounds of new love.
No-vocal version: The two rubato A sections of the recording will enable you, the singer, to interpret the rubato phrases of the solo piano accompaniment, making the song your own. When the rest of the rhythm section enters with "time" setting up the bridge, you'll still be free to express the song with your own inflections as you tell the story.
The piano solo that was in Rachel's recording has been eliminated for the instrumental accompaniment-only version. After the opening melody, the track modulates back to a repeat of the bridge, then continues to the final ending. This is a common format for jazz ballads.
If another key would be better for you, send the key you'd like to Don and we'll post the transposition on the website for purchase. If you're not sure which key is best, send us your range and we'll work with you to figure out the best key.
It was also recorded by vocalist Dena DeRose (Amazon and iTunes.
Vocalist/lyricist Murphy also wrote a lyric to Pauer's Nighttime, titled Shadows, which was recorded at the same time.
Hear more of Rachel Gould on "The JazzLeadSheets Songbook."
October 14, 1943 – July 1, 2012
Born in Vienna, Austria, acclaimed European pianist and composer Fritz Pauer began his career in the early 1960s, making his first recording (at age 19) with the Hans Koller quartet in 1962. He moved to Berlin, Germany, 1964-68, and played at Dug's Night Club & Jazzgalery as accompanist for Herb Geller, Johnny Griffin, Don Byas, Booker Ervin, Dexter Gordon, Leo Wright, Carmell Jones, Pony Poindexter, Jimmy Woode and vocalist Annie Ross, recording with many of them. Read more...
March 14, 1932 – October 22, 2015
Known for his unique inventiveness and improvisations, jazz vocalist and lyricist Mark Murphy has a distinctive post-bop vocal style. Raised in Syracuse in a musical family, he sang with his brother's dance band and studied theater and voice. Moving to New York in 1954, he recorded his first album, "Meet Mark Murphy" with Decca Records and then signed with Capitol in 1959, under whom he released four LPs. He went on to record classic jazz with Riverside Records, hitting the charts in 1963 with the singles of Fly Me To The Moon and Angel Eyes, procuring him the "New Star of the Year" award in Down Beat Magazine's Reader's Poll. Read more...