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Carol Kidd

Carol Kidd

Legendary jazz vocalist whose admirers include Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.



Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn celebrates its 40th anniversary with a limited edition collection bursting with stand-out music 

AKD 425  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
An impressive new collection showcasing the best of Linn Record's artists. 

AKP 389  

Tell Me Once Again
Tell Me Once Again
the new album by Carol Kidd with guitarist Nigel Clark 

AKD 377  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 4 sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 4 sampler
The fourth volume in Linn's popular sampler series. A mouth-watering selection of 2008-09 tracks. 

AKP 357  

Dreamsville
Dreamsville
Dreamsville marks 25 years of Carol Kidd recording for Linn Records 

BKD 325  

Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
a stunning new collection of demonstration quality tracks that showcase our artists at their best 

AKP 305  

The Very Best Of Carol Kidd
The Very Best Of Carol Kidd
Songs by Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart and Hoagy Carmichael plus Carol's signature song 'When I Dream'. 

BKD 259  

Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
A superb collection of tracks from Linn's Super Audio CD catalogue. 

AKP 245  

Nice Work
Nice Work
Features a spectrum of standards from the Great American Songbook. 

BKD 229  

Debut
Debut
2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Carol Kidd's self-titled debut album on Linn. 

BKD 228  

All My Tomorrows
All My Tomorrows
This remains one of Linn's all-time bestselling albums nearly thirty years after its release. 

BKD 210  

Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records sampler with highlights from the Jazz, Classical and Scottish catalogue. 

AKP 175  

I'm Glad We Met
I'm Glad We Met
Carol Kidd's sophomore album demonstrates the skills that sets her apart from other jazz singers. 

BKD 017  

Carol Kidd MBE

With a triumphant career in jazz spanning half a century, Carol Kidd is widely recognised as ‘Britain's finest ballads singer' (Jazz Review). She has been named 'Best Vocalist' at the British Jazz Awards on four occasions and was appointed MBE for Services to Jazz. Kidd is renowned for her impeccable phrasing and delivery along with an unforgettable ability to breathe fresh life into any jazz standard. Throughout her career, Kidd has cut a distinctive path through the Great American Songbook with orchestral and trio backing, as well performing as a unique and intimate duo with guitarist and close friend Nigel Clark.

A singer who is admired by artists and fans alike, Kidd enjoys particular popularity in East Asia. After her signature song ‘When I Dream' was featured as the theme of the Korean movie Shiri, Kidd secured a place in the Asian Music Box charts for a spectacular thirteen weeks. She has performed numerous times in China and Singapore to sold-out stadium venues. Notably, she was the first western artist to be invited by the Chinese government to perform there in a quarter of a century. Kidd has also given a personal performance for the Cambodian royal family at their special request.

Kidd's first album on Linn, 'Debut' marked the beginning of a long and valued relationship. The partnership has produced ten studio albums, including the bestselling 'All My Tomorrows' and her 2009 comeback album 'Dreamsville' which won the Scottish Jazz Award for ‘CD of the Year' and saw Kidd celebrate twenty-five years in the business.

A long line of admirers has included Frank Sinatra, who invited her to open for him at a stadium concert where he remarked that, ‘Carol Kidd is the best kept secret of British jazz.' Kidd has also performed at the internationally acclaimed Ronnie Scott's Club in London where Tony Bennett said of her performance: ‘You are world class, where have you been?'. After a sensational performance at the Tribute to Johnny Mercer show at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Sir Michael Parkinson observed from the stage that ‘If there is a better jazz singer out there I have yet to hear them!'.

Guest luminaries who have performed live alongside Kidd include George Shearing, Georgie Fame, Annie Ross, Benny Carter, Joe Temperley, Bobby Watson and Martin Taylor.

Following a battle with cancer, Kidd returned to the stage triumphant in the summer of 2013 to give a powerful, emotional performance at the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In the wake of this homecoming, it is impossible to deny that Kidd is one of the most remarkable artists and performers of our time.

 

Awards

Four times winner - Best Vocalist, British Jazz Awards

Best Vocalist - Scottish Jazz Awards 2011

Best Album - "Dreamsville", Scottish Jazz Awards 2009

Best Album - "The Night We Called it a Day", British Jazz Awards

Best International Vocalist, Cannes International Jazz Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007  Nordoff Robbins

1998 - MBE for Services to Jazz

  

'A throat kissed by angels'  The Herald

'One of the best singers I have heard' Ronnie Scott

'Carol Kidd is the best kept secret of British jazz' Frank Sinatra

'Her control is thrilling....she is world class' Cleo Laine

'Her discography stands up as one of the strongest ever British contributions to vocal jazz' Jazz Review

'Dreamsville is one of the most finely crafted collection of songs you'll hear this year' Jazzwise

Carol Kidd wins 'Best Jazz Vocalist' award!
08 July 2011
Carol Kidd wins at the 2011 Scottish Jazz Awards
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New Carol Kidd video
10 June 2011
live in Glasgow
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Carol Kidd nominated for a Scottish Jazz Award!
27 May 2011
Jazz Singer of the Year?
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The Scotsman Interview With Carol Kidd & Nigel Clark
08 April 2011
The best kept secret in British jazz
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Nigel Clark discusses his new album with Carol Kidd
04 April 2011
Tune in hear tracks from 'Tell Me Once Again'
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Carol Kidd triumphs at the Scottish Jazz Awards
24 June 2009
'Best CD' for 'Dreamsville'
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Best CD nomination for Dreamsville
06 May 2009
Scottish Jazz Award nomination
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Linn Jazz artists live in Scotland
21 April 2009
Jazz International presents spring concerts
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The Scotsman
5 Stars
'...when it's Carol Kidd's voice and Nigel Clark's guitar, the effect can be magical.'
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Edinburgh Evening News
'Kidd's boldest departures, though, involved imaginative interpretations of the standards. Sweeping from a towering falsetto to hushed tones, Kidd delivered her evocative slow account of the Arlen and Koehler classic Stormy Weather over Clark's impromptu playing.'
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festivalreviews.com
'Carol always communicates directly with the heart and in duo the intimacy is very powerful.'
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The Scotsman
'...she can still bring a touch of class to ballads...'
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Herald Scotland
4 Stars
'Kidd was singing at the top of her game...'
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Jazz Matters
'musical storytelling at its best'
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Northern Sky
'...many-shaded vocals and seemingly innate sense of improvisation...'
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Bebop Spoken Here
'...expressed with fresh spin from Carol's unique style.'
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In Tune International
"[The album] joyfully reflects the best of both artistes."
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Jazzwise
'...the duo finds the emotional heart of each song with unerring accuracy...'
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MusicWeb International
"The plethora of young hopefuls trying to be jazz singers could learn a thing or two from Carol Kidd."
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LondonJazz
"...an affecting programme of intelligently selected songs, flawlessly presented."
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The Observer
4 Stars
"...harmonically subtle, rhythmically firm, endlessly resourceful..."
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
"...impeccably played and beautifully judged..."
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Scotland on Sunday
5 Stars
"This is musical storytelling at its best..."
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The Herald
'...delightful...'
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Jazz Rag
'...knowledgeable jazz phrasing that validates everything this lady performs.'
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Record Collector
4 Stars
"Kidd proves that she knows her way around a song..."
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The Scotsman
"...her vocals remain as exquisite as ever."
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The Herald
5 Stars
"A triumphant homecoming for one of Scotland's most underrated talents."
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Crescendo & Jazz Music
"...she was real class."
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Singer's Singer - In Tune International
"Ms. Kidd's vocal stands alone as one of the finest I have ever heard."
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The Times
"Introspection is her forte..."
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The Scotsman
"Carol Kidd brought the house down with authoritative ease..."
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The Herald
"...surpassed all expectation..."
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Yorkshire Post
Simply wonderful.
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MusicWeb International
Her vocals sound as natural as breathing.
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Burnley Express
Scottish jazz legend, Carol Kidd is back in musical dreamland.
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Scotland on Sunday
4 Stars
Scottish jazz singer, Carol Kidd makes a triumphant comeback...with this gorgeous album.
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Sunday Herald
4 Stars
World-class.
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Sunday Post
CD of the Week: 'This selection of songs old and new is a joy.'
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The Herald
5 Stars
Kidd has made her finest album.
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The Vortex Website
...manages to combine unsentimental intimacy with considerable musical intelligence.
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
The singer is in excellent voice throughout...
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Record Collector
4 Stars
She's on form on 'Dreamsville'.
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BBC Online
...a faultless vocalist of impeccable stylistic credentials, and Linn a beacon of artist and audiophile quality for independent British labels.
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Jazzwise
...the singer's golden timbre and legato phrasing serving interpretations that sweep you up in their tender embrace.
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LP Magazine
Ein Muss für jeden Jazzliebhaber. Ein Geheimtipp, der kein Geheimtipp bleiben darf!
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LP Magazine (Translation)
A must for every jazz enthusiast.
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Hi-Fi World
An excellent recording on 180 gm vinyl
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LP - Magazine for Analogue and Vinyl Culture
Carol Kidd proves her star potential.
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Sunday Post
A joy for jazz fans everywhere.
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Music Web
Carol Kidd is one of the finest female vocalists I have ever heard.
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In Tune International
There's not a forgettable moment here. All are outstanding.
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Jazz Rag
My advice is go out and buy all three records ... then go out again and buy everything else Carol has recorded.
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The Jazz Rag
buy everything Carol has recorded
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The Jazz Rag
Carol Kidd is my favourite singer
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Crescendo and Jazz Music
Carol Kidd is a class act
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Crescendo and Jazz Music
Carol Kidd is indeed an exceptional talent
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Sunday Times Culture
a distinctive path through the Great American Songbook
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The Observer
Carol Kidd is Scotland's gift to the American song
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Yorkshire Post
Kidd needs no lessons on how to sell a song
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Crescendo & Jazz Music
living and breathing readings of infinite depth and breadth
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Jazz Express
Her phrasing, diction and delivery are impeccable.
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