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Debut - Crescendo and Jazz Music

02 February 2004
Crescendo and Jazz Music
Peter Lund

Carol Kidd is widely considered to be a singer's singer. She has been described by Frank Sinatra as "the best kept secret in British Jazz". While Tony Bennett was prompted to say "you should be world-famous, where've you been?" Cleo Laine, who should know about these things, has commented, "her control is thrilling.... She is world class". This re-issue debut album, originally recorded in 1984, is ample proof that Carol Kidd is indeed an exceptional talent. She has a voice of outstanding beauty, marvellous diction and perfect pitch combined with impeccable jazz feeling.

Every Carol Kidd album is noteworthy for the excellent choices of songs included and this CD is no exception. There are excellent arrangements by Sandy Taylor of superior standards such as We'll Be Together Again, The More I See You, I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face and Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most. There are also rarely performed masterpieces such as It Isn't So Bad and a Pat Smythe arrangement of Trouble Is A Man and Mel Torme's amusing arrangement of I Like To Recognise The Tune. The supporting trio provides superb accompaniment throughout. I was particularly impressed with pianist Sandy Taylor, whose sensitive and sympathetic playing is a revelation in itself.

Ronnie Scott considered Carol Kidd to be one of the best singers he had heard. "Not only is she technically excellent, but she sings the lyrics like she means them". Ronnie was spot on as usual.

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