Carol Kidd assembled an impressive line-up for 'All My Tomorrows' including special guest Martin Taylor (guitar), plus Sandy Taylor (piano), Andy Morris (violin), Alex Moore (bass & acoustic guitars), Andrew Martin (violin), Murray Smith (drums), Ian Budd (viola) and Jeremy Fletcher (cello).
From the beginning of Carol's impressive career, her albums were extremely well received and cemented her place in the jazz world as a respected recording artist, building on her already superb reputation in the jazz club and concert hall. 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 has been awarded the MBE for Services to Jazz. Carol has received accolades from Frank Sinatra ‘Carol Kidd is the best kept secret of British Jazz' and Tony Bennett ‘You should be world-famous. Where've you been?'; as well as being voted ‘Best Performer' at the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival and ‘Best Vocalist' at the Cannes International Jazz Awards. To many of her fans, and critics alike, Carol is up there with the jazz greats. She has received favourable comparisons with Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Billie Holliday and has had continued praise from modern and traditional jazz performers.
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.'