Sandy Taylor piano
Alex Moore bass & acoustic guitars
Murray Smith drums
Carol Kidd writes:
In 2001 I travelled back to Korea. There was lots of publicity surrounding my song 'When I Dream' because it had been used on the soundtrack for the film Shiri. I had to be protected by bodyguards. I went to a music store and signed CDs for three whole hours. The place was mobbed and everyone started to call me 'Shiri'. During the same trip I also travelled to Taiwan, Japan and North and South Vietman. I sang at the Royal Opera House in South Vietman - there were bullet holes in the walls. I also recorded the first ever standing ovation there.
I then went on to Cambodia where I performed for the Cambodian Royal family. I was in the ladies room before the concert where I was chatting to three beautiful women. I asked them if they were going to the concert and it wasn't until I was introduced to them afterwards that I realised that they were the Queen and two Princesses of Cambodia. The King then presented me with a beautiful Cambodian silver plate.
In 2002 my band and I were flown out to West Palm Beach as a wedding gift to the groom from his brother. The groom is a huge fan of mine. No, I didn't have to jump out of a cake! I sang six of the bride and groom's favourite songs from my CDs and 'When I Dream' was one of them.
© Carol Kidd 2004
Original Booklet Notes:
Carol Kidd has been singing, and as she says, putting in ‘the twiddlie bits' for as long as she can remember.
Singing professionally at the age of fifteen, she joined the West Coast Jazz Band and during that five year period she met and married their trombonist, George Kidd, still a formidable name in Scottish jazz circles. The band appeared along with many well known names such as Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and the Alex Welsh Band, and made guest appearances on local radio programmes.
When the so-called traditional jazz boom faded, Carol started working in cabaret and clubs, however it wasn't long before she realised that this type of work was not for her and gave up singing for about four years.
In the mid-seventies, the well known Glasgow musician and band leader Jimmy Feighan coaxed her out of retirement and invited her to sing at his Saturday lunchtime venue. She stayed for seven years. During this time a musical association with the pianist Sandy Taylor developed, and with drummer Murray Smith and bassist Alex Moore, the trio on this album was established and became the mainstay of her backing for many years.
A television appearance on the Annie Ross Jazz Series caught the attention of the late Pat Smythe, who arranged a two-week stint at Ronnie Scott's. Three more appearances followed - enough said!
In between times, such notables as George Chisholm, Buck Clayton, Eddie Thomson, Humphrey Littleton, Cliff Hardie, Bob Brookmeyer and Martin Taylor, have been pleased to work alongside and enthuse about her singing. The BBC Scotland, BBC London and NOS (Hilversum) Radio Orchestras have regularly requested Carol to take up her position in the vocal booth, for broadcasts covering Britain and Europe.
The following quotation from a jazz magazine says it all - ‘The evidence is that all those years of experience have produced a top class jazz singer, who cares for the music and the lyrics in equal proportions.'