Carol Kidd - Dreamsville - Sunday Herald
29 October 2008Sunday Herald
It's a brave singer who steps into Ella Fitzgerald's shoes to sing a selection of standards by Rodgers and Hart, Gershwin, Porter, Arlen and Berlin. It's a braver one still who hangs a couple of her own co-written compositions among the Picassos and Leonardos of Broadway. Those songs don't quite match the rest, but comparing Scottish jazz vocalist Carol Kidd to Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan is completely valid: her new "Best of the Song Books"-style album is world-class. It's not just a one-woman affair, as Kidd's voice tones in perfectly with Nigel Clark's guitar, drummer Alyn Cosker, bassist Mario Caribe and pianist Paul Harrison. This is not the conservative collection of tunes it might seem on the surface; smooth but never bland, Kidd caresses each ballad and performs every lively number like the life and soul of the party.
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