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


22 June 2010
The Scotsman
Alison Kerr

Singer Carol Kidd opened the Glasgow Jazz Festival on Friday night, and took a trip down memory lane - both to the first time she opened the festival (in its very first year) and to the terrific album of Gershwin music she recorded in 1994.

What was clear from the start of Friday's concert was that although Kidd's band may have changed personnel several times through the years (the current quartet is headed by pianist Paul Harrison), her vocals remain as exquisite as ever.

Themed programmes are not usually Kidd's cup of tea, but it was a treat to hear her put her own spin on such classic songs as A Foggy Day and Embraceable You which, in such trustworthy hands, became a super-slow bossa nova. The highlights, however, were the songs which overlap with her forthcoming Judy Garland show: the sultry Do It Again and an impassioned and heart-wrenching The Man That Got Away.

Usually at a Carol Kidd concert there's at least one utterly unforgettable ballad - and it's usually a duet with her long-standing guitarist Nigel Clark. On Friday night that number was a beguiling Someone To Watch Over Me.

And just when you thought she couldn't get any better, Kidd dished up two tour-de-force encores - Porgy and Summertime.


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