Dream of Life CD


This latest recording from Emma Pask offers you expressions of joy, love, loss, hope, freedom and unity. All delivered through a collection of beautifully arranged jazz standards, a Beatles classic, an Adele pop hit, with some high energy Brazilian magic.

Prior to Covid, Emma toured extensively throughout Australia each year, with the inclusion of some exciting performances abroad. With that opportunity to play live so often, there comes a unique rapport, a connection and energy that builds within a band. “The repertoire has a chance to settle in, and find a place where it all feels so good. That’s the time I like to head into the studio,” says Emma.

Sonically this recording is live, raw, real, and up close, sounding and feeling as though you are right there in the room.

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  1. Smack Dab in the Middle – Charles E. Colhoun /6.21
  2. If I Were a Bell – Frank Loesser / 4.24
  3. Here There and Everywhere – John Lennon / Paul McCartney / 6.44
  4. The Eagle and Me – Harold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg / 5.21
  5. They Say It’s Wonderful – Irving Berlin / 3.36
  6. Cai Dentro – Baden Powell / Paulo César Pinheiro / 2.59
  7. Dream of Life – Luther Henderson / Carmen McRae / 5.23
  8. I Just Found Out About Love – Jimmy McHugh / Harold Adamson / 4.06
  9. Rumour Has It – Adele Laurie Blue Adkins / Ryan B. Tedder / 4.38
  10. If You Never Come to Me – Antonio Carlos Jobim / Ray Gilbert / 4.50
  11. Heading in the Right Direction – Garry Paige / Mark Punch / 4.12
  12. Don’t Touch Me – Teddy Edwards / 5.10
  13. The Feather – Lyrics: Emma Pask / Music: Emma Pask / Phil Stack

Emma Pask – Voice / Drums in bridge on Track 13
Kevin Hunt – Piano
Tim Firth – Drums
Phil Stack – Bass / Piano and Drums on Track 13

Produced by Emma Pask
Recorded and mixed by Simon Cohen at Studios 301, Sydney, Australia
Track 13 recorded at Phil Stack Studio, mixed by Sean Carey at Church Street Studios
Album mastered by Steve Smart at Studios 301, Sydney, Australia
Artwork, illustration and design by Laura Baxter
Cover photography by Kurt Sneddon / Hair and makeup by Marnie Gerber