Many compositions in the Great American Songbook, musical theater, and jazz standards describe the wild ride of romance. Metaphors in the lyrics include love as a magical trance or an addictive intoxicant, characterized by extreme, opposing, alternating feelings, such as elation vs. despondency, hot vs. cold, clarity vs. bewilderment, high vs. low, and sunshine vs. stormy weather. The songs in this album are emblematic of that heady body of music.
Vocalist Tony Ziesat takes the listener for a musical ride on the roller coaster of love... Fasten your seatbelt!
The album is available on Amazon as either a CD or a digital download. Go to:
Tony is accompanied by pianist Stef Scaggiari on all of the songs, with the exceptions of "Where Or When" which features guitarist Jimmy Kachulis and "Since I Fell For You" with Jimmy Kachulis on piano.
"Tony Ziesat's latest collection, 'The Roller Coaster Of Love,' is indeed a musical love letter to romance, a charming journey through love in its many guises, as realized by the masters of the Great American Songbook... The selections allow the listener to truly experience love's varying, complex emotions and are ideally suited to Ziesat's vocal stylings, which are simultaneously powerful and seemingly effortless. Ranging from the wistfulness of Rodgers and Hart's 'Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered' and the unabashed romanticism of Hoagy Carmichael's 'The Nearness Of You' to the exuberance of Lerner and Loewe's 'Almost Like Being In Love' (which indeed made this reviewer 'all aglow and alive') and the joy of Cole Porter's 'I've Got You Under My Skin,' Ziesat's set can be enjoyed alone or with someone special. And, as a vocalist myself, I find the temptation to sing along irresistible. In addition to his command of the canon of standards, Ziesat specializes in international love songs, as demonstrated in 'Arrivederci, Roma,' performed in both English and Italian. Ziesat's album notes encourage you to 'Fasten your seatbelt!' Perhaps, but I think you'll find 'The Roller Coaster Of Love' a delightfully smooth vocal ride." - Theodore G. Zavales, Baltimore Jazz Alliance quarterly publication, Spring 2020 Edition.
1. "I've Got You Under My Skin"
2. "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered"
3. "You Go To My Head"
5. "Sophisticated Lady"
6. "Where Or When"
7. "Where Is Love?"
8. "Old Devil Moon"
9. "Angel Eyes"
10. "Arrivederci Roma"
11. "Since I Fell For You"
12. "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry"
13. "I'm A Fool To Want You"
15. "That Old Black Magic"
16. "The Nearness Of You"
17. "Almost Like Being In Love"
For brief excerpts from all of the songs, go to: