Kate Reid: The Love I’m In (2012)

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Track review of "The Lamp Is Low"

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Kate Reid: The Love Iâm In
Dr. Kate Reid is a faculty member of the Fine Arts department of Cypress College in Southern California. However, Reid is no stuffed shirt, ivory tower type. No, she is a living, breathing, practicing jazz singer, one who holds on to tradition loosely, having fun with the music she performs. She belongs to that treasured group of jazz singers who also plays piano, a group that includes the likes of Shirley Horn
Shirley Horn
Shirley Horn
1934 - 2005
piano
, Blossom Dearie
Blossom Dearie
Blossom Dearie
1926 - 2009
piano
, Nina Simone
Nina Simone
Nina Simone
1933 - 2003
piano
, Patti Wicks
Patti Wicks
Patti Wicks
1945 - 2014
piano
, Patricia Barber
Patricia Barber
Patricia Barber
b.1955
piano
, Dena DeRose
Dena DeRose
Dena DeRose
b.1966
piano
, Diana Krall
Diana Krall
Diana Krall
b.1964
piano
and Norah Jones
Norah Jones
Norah Jones
b.1979
piano
. That is quite a creative tradition.

Reid is a known entity; her previous self-produced release, Sentimental Mood (2008), is a collection of the singer's favorite standards. The Love I'm In sharpens her focus to compositions with "love" at their core.

"The Lamp Is Low" is a popular song from the 1930s. Written by Peter de Rose and Bert Shefter, it is based on Maurice Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante défunte," with lyrics provided by Mitchell Parish. Mildred Bailey
Mildred Bailey
Mildred Bailey
1907 - 1951
vocalist
and Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
1915 - 1998
vocalist
covered the piece in 1939, keeping it on the pop charts for several months. Reid, back by a standard piano trio, takes up this fine pedigree, delivering a humid, flirty, sexy, smoky version. Reid is closely miked, giving her alto voice a breathy immediacy that floats above the accompaniment. Her piano is sure and true, and her voice swinging.

Personnel: Kate Reid: vocals, piano; Ernie Watts: tenor sax; Steve Reid: trumpet; Chris Conner: bass; Steve Barnes: drums.

Record Label: Self Produced


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