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Carol Kidd - Dreamsville - Jazzwise


24 September 2008
Jazzwise
Peter Quinn

Showcasing Great American Songbook favourites plus a brace of previously unrecorded originals, Dreamsville is Carol Kidd's first recording in seven years and marks 25 years of recording for Linn Records. From its supremely gentle and immensely touching opening, a slow-motion 'It Never Entered My Mind', to the plaintive ballad 'When I Dream' by Nashville-based songwriter Sandy Mason, Dreamsville is one of the most finely crafted collection of songs you'll hear this year. When I Dream is, of course, something of a signature tune for Kidd, and this new version is the most lyrical and enchanting you could wish for, recordings by Crystal Gayle, Willie Nelson and Nanci Griffith notwithstanding.

Kidd also treats us to a trio of interrogatory classics - 'How Deep is the Ocean?', 'How Long Has This Been Going On?' and 'Can't We Be Friends?'. Everything sounds effortless, the singer's golden timbre and legato phrasing serving interpretations that sweep you up in their tender embrace. With its constant shifts between Major and minor, Cole Porter's 'It's Alright With Me' provides a sudden adrenaline rush amidst the largely ballad-driven set. Kidd gets to flex her majestic upper register and doesn't hold back. Penned by the singer and guitarist Nigel Clark - one of an outstanding quartet of supporting musicians - the two originals 'There Goes My Heart' and 'Do You Believe' sit happily alongside the standards.


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