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Barbara Carroll: Barbara’s Piano

Read "Barbara Carroll: Barbara’s Piano" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Every record is a moment in time, but also a musical portrait of the artist who creates it. When Barbara Carroll released the Verve album, Barbara, in 1958, it would mark a watershed moment in her personal and musical life. Her husband and close collaborator, bassist Joe Shulman, died of a heart attack the same year at 33. This was one of their last sessions together. Shulman began playing in Carroll's trio in 1949, and they married in 1954. Recorded ...

Album Review

Barbara Carroll: Barbara at Birdland

Read "Barbara at Birdland" reviewed by Elliott Simon

A subtle Jay Leonhart bass bridge from Harold Arlen's classic “Blues in the Night" segues into the enchanting melody of “You and the Night and the Music" after a tension-building piano/bass/cymbal opener. Such is the stuff that legendary pianist Barbara Carroll brings together on Live at Birdland. Recorded at the NYC venue with her first-call rhythm section rounded out by drummer Joe Cocuzzo, a hit parade of standards is given new life by tempo changes and mood-inducing arrangements that swing, ...

New York Beat

Barbara Carroll: Vintage Wine

Read "Barbara Carroll: Vintage Wine" reviewed by Nick Catalano

There are evenings in a reviewer's life when the mind is replenished, the soul is uplifted and the blood sings. You've just witnessed an ingenious performance and can't wait to get home and write about it, even though you feel you cannot possibly capture the spirit of the evening with your feeble prose. Such an event occurred last evening. Permit me to set the scene, The Algonquin Hotel at holiday time. You stroll into the famous lobby gazing at guests ...

Album Review

Barbara Carroll: One Morning in May

Read "One Morning in May" reviewed by Dave Nathan

There must be something in the water and soil of New York City which explains why that one discrete location can be the mainspring for the planting and harvesting of the many stylish, sophisticated and elegant pianists heard on Barbara Carroll's latest release, One Morning in May.

There has been a long line of these sophisticated, stylish, elegant producers of piano music - including Buddy Weed, Cy Coleman, Jimmy Rowels, George Shearing and Bobby Short - holding ...


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