Complete 1951-1956 Recordings (4-CD Box Set)
  • With Joe Shulman With Joe Shulman
  • Barbara Carroll Barbara Carroll

Barbara Carroll

Complete 1951-1956 Recordings (4-CD Box Set)

Jazz Connections

Barbara Carroll (p, vcl, celeste), Joe Shulman (b), Herb Wasserman, Ralph Pollack, Joe Petti, Albert Monroe (d). Special featuring Sylvia Syms (vcl)

Reference: JC 2001_4

Bar code: 8427328520010

This JAZZ CONNECTIONS Box Set is available
once again in a very limited edition

This set is a sincere homage to an unfairly forgotten jazzwoman whose style brought a refreshing and individual voice in the tumultuous New Yorks jazz scene of the 50s. Barbara Carroll is known among female piano players, as the first to venture into the progressive Bop style that was especially associated with Bud Powell.

These 4 CDs hold Barbara Carrolls complete trio recordings under her leadership between 1951 and 1956. A successful recoding period which spans sixteen studio sessions and 77 tunes originally released in 6 LPs, 2 EPs and 2 anthologies, cut for two of the best labels in the genre: Atlantic and RCA Victor. The set includes comprehensive biographic notes on 16-page book let, full of historic pictures, original vinyl art work and session details.


CD 1

01. My Funny Valentine
02. Taking A Chance On Love
03. You Took Advantage Of Me
04. 'Tis Autumn
05. The Lady's In Love With You
06. Love Of My Life
07. Autumn In New York
08. They Can't Take That Away From Me
09. I Want A Little Girl
10. What's The Use Of Wonderin'
11. Serenade For A Wealthy Widow
12. Let's Fall In Love
13. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
14. Mountain Greenery
15. From This Moment On
16. Good Bait
17. Cabin In The Sky
18. Give Me The Simple Life
19. Goodbye
20. Lullaby Of Broadway

Total time: 60:04 min.

CD 2

01. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
02. As Long As I Live
03. But Not For Me
04. I Love A Piano
05. If I Had You
06. Garrow's Way
07. Come Rain Or Come Shine
08. I Saw Stars
09. By Myself
10. The Lady Is A Tramp
11. Sweet Georgia Brown
12. I've Got The World On A String
13. Lullaby Of Birdland
14. Just Plain Blue
15. Blue And Sentimental
16. Am I Blue?
17. Blue Room
18. Everything I've Got Belongs To You
19. It's All Right With Me
20. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
21. Almost Like Being In Love
22. Love Is A Simple Thing
23. Get Happy

Total time: 64:23 min.

CD 3

01. Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree
02. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
03. You're Mine You
04. Have You Met Miss Jones?
05. I'm Glad There Is You
06. Babara's Carol
07. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
08. Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?
09. I Had The Craziest Dream
10. Dream A Little Dream Of Me
11. You Do Something To Me
12. Today
13. We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye
14. These Foolish Things
15. Royal Garden Blues
16. Just One Of Those Things
17. Cherry Point
18. You're My Girl
19. All Of You

Total time: 62:09 min.

CD 4

01. You Make Me Feel So Young
02. Lost In A Crowded Place
03. Goodnight My Love
04. It's A Wonderful World
05. Spring Is Here
06. At Long Last Love
07. Struttin' With Some Barbecue
08. Fancy Pants
09. The Girl Friend
10. It Never Entered My Mind
11. One Life To Live
12. No Moon At All
13. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
14. California, Here I Come
15. Paris Without You
16. Down In The Depths of the 90th Floor (*)
17. Can't You Just See Yourself? (*)

Total time: 65:32 min.

(*) Denotes Bonus Tracks


Barbara Carroll (piano, vocals & celeste), Joe Shulman (bass), Herb Wasserman, Ralph Pollack, Joe Petti or Albert Monroe (drums).
On Bonus Tracks: Sylvia Syms (vocals).


CD 1, tracks #1-8 from the 10" album
"Piano Panorama" (Atlantic LP-132)
Recorded in New York City, 1951

CD 1, tracks #9-20 from the 10" album
"Barbara Carroll Trio" (RCA Victor LJM-1001)
Recorded in New York City, 1953

CD 2, tracks #1-12 from the album
"Lullabies in Rhythm" (RCA Victor LJM-1023)
Recorded in New York City, 1954

CD 2, track #13 from the anthology
"Lullaby of Birdland" (RCA Victor LPM-1146)
Recorded in New York City, 1954

CD 2, tracks #14-17 from the 7" EP
"Just Plain Blue" (RCA Victor EPA-604)
Recorded in New York City, 1954

CD 2, tracks #18-23 & CD 3, #1-6 from the album
"Have You Met Miss Carroll?" (RCA Victor LPM-1137)
Recorded in New York City, 1955

CD 3, tracks #7-10 from the 7" EP
"You Stepped Out of A Dream"
(RCA Victor EPA-656)
Recorded in New York City, 1955

CD 3, tracks #11-19 & CD 4, #1-3 from the album
"We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye"
(RCA Victor LPM-1296)
Recorded in New York City, 1956

CD 4, tracks #4-13 from the album
"It's A Wonderful World" (RCA Victor LPM-1396
Recorded in New York City, 1956

CD 4, tracks #14-15 from the album
"Dave Garroway Presents...
The Wide Wide World of Jazz"
(RCA Victor LPM-1325)
Recorded in New York City, 1956

CD 4, tracks #16-17 from the 10" album
"Songs By Sylvia Syms" (Atlantic ALS 137)
Recorded in New York City, 1952


"Simply an excellent jazz pianist."

John S. Wilson -The New York Times



"In the year 2005, Barbara Carroll could boast that she has began playing piano for a grand total of 75 years. Not without a pause to sleep and eat, obviously, but with a determination that might suggest such extremes. Born Barbara Carole Coppersmith, she began the instrument at only five-years-old and went on to classical training three years later, eventually graduating from the New England Conservatory. In terms of professional stagecraft, her initial training ground was a USO tour during the second World War in which she was part of an all-girl trio. This was quickly followed by leading her own trio on New York City's famous lane of jazz, 52nd Street, where she adopted her middle name of Carole as a stage name. The pianist was associated with such fine players as guitarist Chuck Wayne and bassist Clyde Lombardi, but what would develop into an extensive discography began in 1949 with a recording session backing up multi-instrumentalist Eddie Shu for the Rainbow label.

Among female piano players, Carroll is known as the first to venture into the progressive bebop style that was especially associated with Bud Powell. Unlike the infamous Billy Tipton, Carroll also did not think it was necessary to hide the fact that she was a woman in jazz -- but this was New York City, not Oklahoma or Washington state. Not that Carroll had an easy time in a genre dominated by men. "People tended to put you down before they ever heard you," she has commented in interviews. "If you were a girl piano player, the tendency was to say: 'Oh, how could she possibly play?' You never even got a chance to present what you could do. But then, if you did prove yourself, it almost became a commercial asset, in a sense; you were regarded as unique."

One audience that found Carroll to their liking was the high society crowd, becoming enamored with her during an extended run at the ultra-chic Embers supper club. Her group at the latter venue included the bassist Joe Shulman, whom she married in 1954. Carroll did not ignore the pop styles of subsequent decades, yet always managed to keep a strong jazz flavor present in whatever material she performed. If swing was a bay leaf, it would be said that Carroll has a large bush growing right outside her kitchen window. She has recorded for many of the best labels in the genre including Verve and Atlantic and continues to be in demand at clubs and cabarets. Carroll works as an actress on occasion, such as the Broadway play entitled Me and Juliet."

Eugene Chadbourne -All Music Guide


$30.58  (tax incl.)

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