This is the first time this year that I have caught up with Lorna Reid “The Jazz Singer” as the earlier show this year I was at was Lorna at The Edinburgh Folk Club in her other guise of very good writer and singer of more Americana / folk based music.
This performance at The Jazz Bar in Chambers Street with “The Lorna Reid Quintet” saw Lorna returning in style to those classic Jazz and Blues numbers plus jazz influenced interpretations of some of her own self-penned songs
Making up the quintet with Lorna tonight were Konrad Wisznewski, (Sax) Campbell Normand (piano), John Allan (bass) and Jim Drummond (drums). With some small personel changes now and then due to the availability of some musicians, Lorna and the band have finally got together a sound that is identifiable to them and makes them stand out now against so many other bands performing at the moment. Having Konrad Wisznewski up front on sax is always going to be a huge asset to any band and particularly so when Lorna is on vocals as the two of them seem to have a natural understanding of one anothers timing and phrasing.
The first set featured standards including “It’s Wonderful” and “I Get A Kick Out Of You”, and these are often in Lornas set, but there were some “new classics” here that I have not heard before from Lorna – “Willow Weep For Me” written by Ann Ronell and sung by just about every great female vocalist of Jazz and Bluse. Lorna can add herself to this list of vocalist now as this was a great version that let out a more blues sounding voice that we do not get to hear too often .
Also new to me from Lorna in this set was Duke Ellingtons “Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me”
Some original songs from Lorna given a jazz feel too such as “Someone Sent Me an Angel” , “My Anchor” and “Doggone Good”.
The second set saw an our quintet become a sextet as guitarist Neil Warden joined everyone on stage for the opening numbers to add at times an almost Latin sound to some of Lornas own compositions – including the new single co-written with Lorna “Souls For Sale”
The Jazz Bar was crowded tonight, and it is a small basement venue that can get pretty noisy at times. And when a bar like this goes pretty quiet when Lorna sings and Konrad plays sax, it is obvious that something special is happening on stage. Not forgetting the rest of the band and Neil on guitar here too.
There is a reason Lorna Reid has earned herself a reputation as one of the best Jazz singers that Scotland has produced in a long time and performances like this show why.
The new single “Souls for Sale is available to download direct from
I reviewed this single a little while back. You can read the review at http://www.southsideadvertiser.biz/lorna-reid-souls-for-sale.htm
A few other sites to check out too
I can’t end this review without mentioning that Lorna is off to the USA in June to perform ar the
Rochester Jazz Festival (NY).