Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered Lorna Reid at The Jazz Bar in Chambers Street featuring one of Scotland’s most popular Jazz vocalists, Lorna Reid, and a quintet featuring some of Scotland’s best jazz musicians played to a capacity crowd tonight with a mixture of timeless classics and original songs written by Lorna and co-writers.
With Neil Warden (guitar and Weissenborn), Jim Drummond (Drums), Campbell Normand (Piano), Andy Sharkey (Bass) and John Burgess (Saxophone) behind her on-stage, Lorna was, as always, free to put her own classic vocals onto timeless songs that included Ella Fitzgerald’s “A Tisket a Tasket”, Bessy Smith’s “I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl”, and of course the Rogers & Hart title song of this show “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”.
Lorna Reid is however more than just a very good vocalist. Behind the jazz singer glamour, there is a songwriter of serious talent, and that was never more evident than with a classic arrangement and emotively powerful vocals on “Sweet Baby Blue” (co-written with Nashville songwriter Darden Smith). This is a classic song that like all the best songs has the ability to be endlessly re-arranged, but somehow still retain its original core and feeling. To be honest, I am not sure that Lorna even realises just how good this song is, but judging from the audience applause and appreciation at the end of it, they certainly did. Other self penned, or co-written songs in tonight’s set included “Someone Brought Me An Angel” and “My Anchor”.
I saw Lorna and the band performing “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” at the recent Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival, and although that was a great show, it was in a completely different performance space (a festival marquee), and something has happened to this show in its move to a classic Jazz performance space like The Jazz Bar - a little bit of performance magic.
When you are performing a Fringe show, you have a very limited time available, so the luxury of “warming up” an audience is not there, and you have to hit the stage “running”, or you are likely to fail badly. Lorna and the band had this audience captured with their performance from the first few bars of the first song, and that continued with well deserved applause right through the show until the final song and final notes played.
This was simply Lorna Reid and the band on top form with everyone enjoying their music, playing together, and their audience.
If you missed this show, and have time, there is a second chance to see it tonight (Saturday 11th) again at The Jazz Bar.
Review by Tom King
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered Lorna Reid
The Jazz Bar - Partially Seated
Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
Group: Lorna Reid Quintet