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, ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more