After a very successful run of shows in Germany, Lorna Reid is back home both in Edinburgh and at The Jazz Bar in Chambers Street with her quartet consisting of Campbell Normand (keyboards), Jim Drummond (drums), Andy Sharkey (acoustic bass) and Konrad Wiszniewski (saxophone).
This was a very laid back evening of music from Lorna and the band with a show made up of standards and original work from Lorna Reid. Although the line-up may change slightly at times, Lorna has here a sound that suits her Jazz/swing style perfectly, and a group of talented musicians that obviously enjoy not only playing together on stage, but just being together on stage.
Having Konrad Wiszniewski upfront on saxophone is a huge benefit to any band as he is one amazingly fluid player, but more importantly, Lorna and Konrad make a great team upfront and seem to understand one another’s timing instinctively and bring out the best of performances in one another.
Lorna as a singer tonight though was on great form (obviously boosted in confidence from those concerts in Germany) and probably the best, and most relaxed that I have seen her this year.
Opening with the lovely little nursery rhyme themed “A Tisket a Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald, we had many other classics in tonight’s two sets including I Need Some Sugar in My Bowl (Bessie Smith), Secret Love, Lullaby of Birdland and others by some of the great artists, writers and composers of Jazz. All of course done in Lorna’s own unique style and with an equally unique style from Konrad on sax.
Great as it always is to hear Lorna sing these wonderful songs, it was also good tonight to hear some of her own work as they highlight what a talented song writer she is in her own right. Songs here included amongst others “Tried ‘n’ Tested”, “Doggone Good”, “Sacrifice Me”, “Can’t Rain On My Parade”, “Someone Brought Me an Angel” and “My Anchor”. All of these songs deserve to become standards in their own right in years to come for future singers /musicians to perform.
All of this new material blended seamlessly into the standards and hearing Konrad’s sax on a song like “My Anchor” which I have up until now only heard as a more folk style arrangement just shows how versatile some of these songs can be as they adapt to different musical arrangement styles. With Konrad’s sax on these songs they fused at times from Jazz/Swing into a wonderful soul sound showing just how close the horn sections on jazz and soul can be to one another at times.
This was simply an evening of classic music and songs done in style from everyone on stage.
It’s no secret on these review pages that we are Lorna Reid fans, but we have also become Konrad Wiszniewski fans and could happily listen to both of them all evening.
Have a look at Lorna’s own website http://www.lornareid.com/concerts-gigs There is one very busy schedule there for the coming months including the Rochester Jazz Festival in New York in 2016. Closer to home though is a show at The Edinburgh Folk Club on 20th January 2016 where we get to see and hear the other vocal and style side of Lorna Reid.
Konrad has also been very busy this year too as a visit to his website will show if you visit http://konradwiszniewski.com/schedule/ Our next outing to hear Konrad play is actually in a few days on Friday 13th November at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh as he plays with The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra in their Glenn Miller show.
Review by Tom King