Todd Gordon sings Tony Bennett with special guest Carol Kidd at The Queen’s Hall was a perfect finish to the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2016. This new show from Todd Gordon celebrates a love of the “Great American Songbook” that he and the legendary singer himself (Tony Bennett is 90 years old on August 3rd) both share. This show has also been produced with the approval of the Bennett family.
This show is probably the best I have seen Todd Gordon perform as he brought that laid back sound to so many classic songs, and as always with impeccable phrasing and timing made the very hard look effortless.
There are so many classic songs in this affectionate tribute to the music of Tony Bennett, but a few as always stand out...a great new classically based arrangement of “Fly Me To the Moon” by pianist and the show’s musical arranger David Patrick that suited Todd’s vocals perfectly, “The Good Life, “I Wanna Be Around”, “Smile”, “For Once in My Life”, “The Best is Yet To Come”, and one of my favourite songs of all time “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret. An interesting arrangement too of a Tony Bennett cover of a Hank Williams classic “Cold Cold Heart” which still managed to retain its core country sound...even though the guitar sound was not there, you knew it was just not that far away.
Carol Kidd of course needs no introduction to jazz fans and is simply a Scottish (and British) jazz legend, and as well as sharing with Todd an obvious love of the music of Tony Bennett and the songs themselves, Carol shared with us obvious fond memories of meeting Tony at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club.
Some classic interpretations of songs from Carol Kidd here too -“How Do You Keep the Music Playing”, “Body and Soul” and “The Sunny Side of The Street”.
Classic duets from Todd and Carol as well – “Cheek to Cheek”, and of course the song the show could not be without “I left my Heart (in San Francisco).
The songs performed tonight were all written by some of the greatest composers and lyricists of the 20th century, and they all understood how to write a song that a performer could enjoy singing on stage, and the fun that Todd and Carol were having performing this music just proves how well these people knew how to craft a song.
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Review by Tom King