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Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival
LORNA REID, Falling Like Dew Review
Lorna Reid is a Scottish jazz singer, the torchbearer of a tradition that stretches back to Carol Kidd and Annie Ross. A sophisticated musician, she’s also a down-to-earth sweetheart, who used to be a punk-rocker before she grew up, and now has something of the Celtic country belle about her. I’ve sung with her, so I should know. On her new album, she artfully goes where very few of her jazz heroes or contemporaries have ventured: into the world of the singer-songwriter. Falling Like Dew boasts 12 new songs, all written and sung by Lorna, who also co-produced the album with David Gray. The style is relaxed, the tone warm and conversational on “Too Busy” as she begins the album by asking a former lover “Do you ever wonder how I’m getting on?” The lights go down and she switches on the charm for the seductive delivery of her recent single “Doggone Good”. There are sleazy blues touches in “Quiet Now” and a nod to Maria Muldaur in the jaunty, soul-jazz feel of “Sacrifice Me”. The performances from both singer and band are superlative throughout, while Lorna’s songwriting is always honest and carefully observed. But she saves the two most distinctive cuts until the end of the album. With a swirl of violin and electric guitar she leaves the supper club behind with “Time” a haunting departure into the darker realms of folk-rock: “We have come for you, don’t be afraid”, she sings, “Your dreams live on, washed in a new light.” The album ends with “The Girl in the Coat”, a Gaelic-flavoured lament that once again stretches out in unexpected and otherworldly directions, highlighting the magical contours of her voice.
David Sinclair, Music Journalist
Times & Sunday Times
"A tremendous album of original songs by one of Scotland's most talented singer songwriters"
Music News Scotland
Three Weeks, Fringe Review
'Enormously diverse, strong and at times quite bold...consistent quality delivered by one of Scotland’s clearest, fullest voices and great musicianship from her collaborators'
Stephen Duffy BBC Radio Scotland's Jazz House
“Lovely songs served in a tasteful, elegant style by the soulful-sounding
Alison Kerr, The Scotsman
“If the totality of the set sounds like anything at all, it is the hugely successful classy retro music of Caro Emerald, a mighty astute model to be following”.
Keith Bruce, The Herald
"One of the highlights of the set by David Sinclair 4 at the Clutha Vaults, Glasgow is a musical collaboration between David Sinclair and a very talented singer songwriter from Edinburgh, Lorna Reid. This is one of my favourite tracks (Coming Out of The Rain) from a record you should really check out. It's featured on the album and I've been playing a lot in the car"
Billy Sloan, BBC Radio Scotland