Lorna Reid - Gypsy in My Soul (3 stars)

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Lorna Reid - Gypsy in My Soul

(Lorna Reid)

JAZZ

Jazz singers are not in short supply these days, and there is plenty of competition in the kind of straight-ahead standard repertoire that Edinburgh singer Lorna Reid tackles in this self-produced debut release on her own label. I can’t say that she stands out from that competition, but she does hold her own, and clearly knows her way around jazz feel and phrasing.

Her sultry reading of John D. Loudermilk’s ‘Turn Me On’ suggests she is comfortable in a blues idiom as well. The remaining songs are mainly familiar standards, including a nice take on the title track, a slinky version of ‘Black Coffee’, and a couple of Cole Porter songs. She is backed by a fine band led by pianist Paul Kirby, while trumpeter Colin Steele adds his trademark feel to four of the songs. Available locally in record shops and from Lorna’s gigs.

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