Carol Kidd - Live at the Royal Concert Hall - The Herald

21 June 2010
The Herald
Stuart Morrison
5 Stars

Class is another one of those words which is completely over used and demeaned in the modern lexicon.

However, it can be accurately deployed when describing this show by one of the world's truly great jazz singers.

At four feet eleven inches in her stocking soles, Ms Kidd was a diminutive figure on stage at the GRCH. But her voice, honed to perfection over the years, filled the place.

For this opening night of Glasgow's International Jazz Festival, Kidd and her superb band featured the songs of George and Ira Gershwin. Despite the sheer familiarity of some of the material, her interpretation brought a freshness to it which was quite magical.

Our Love Is Here To Stay, It Ain't Necessarily So, A Foggy Day In London Town and But Not For Me were amongst the highlights. The latter was introduced as being one of Judy Garland's finest moments, but this version ran her close. There were some endearingly scatty moments as Ms Kidd tried to remember various song intros, but when she delivered such glorious versions of Someone To Watch Over Me and her encore, Summertime, all was forgiven.

A triumphant homecoming for one of Scotland's most underrated talents.

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