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Carol Kidd - Nice Work - Crescendo and Jazz Music

02 February 2004
Crescendo and Jazz Music
David Lund

Linn Records has re-released 3 classic albums of Carol Kidd's previous recordings. All three titles are available on hybrid-multichannel super audio CD. To the layman this means exceptional sound quality playable on all CD players!

"Nice Work" is one of the 3 CDs now available. The excellent trio featured on her Debut album is augmented on some tracks by Bruce Adams on trumpet and flugel horn, Dave McLellan on trumpet, George Kidd trombone, Frank Pantrini and Gordon Cruikshank on tenor and baritone saxophone respectively. Musical arrangements are by Sandy taylor assisted by Bob McWhirter on brass selections.

Carol Kidd is one of Britain's best loved jazz singers, and one of her most respected ambassadors in the field worldwide. She has received favourable comparisons with Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee and has had continued praise from modern and traditional performers. These 1987 recordings are typical of her work. She is particularly adept at singing ballads but it is comfortable at all tempos. Her choice of material always displays good taste. Gershwin is well represented here but she also includes two numbers by Schwartz Dietz, the well known I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan and the more obscure Confessions. Her delightful interpretations of New York Sunday and What Is There To Say shows that she is willing to feature neglected but meritorious material.

Carol Kidd is a class act. Meanwhile this CD is nice work, if you can get it.

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