Barbara Carroll (p), Joe Shulman (b), Bill Faite, Joe Petti (d)
Reference: FSRCD 639
This CD presents the two albums The Barbara Carroll Trio recorded for the Verve label in 1957.
On the first, Barbara, she confines herself to piano on a selection of familiar standards, with a strong leaning towards slow ballads. Relaxed and refreshingly at ease, she leisurely explores the tonal colours suggested by the material in a reflective approach to trio playing. On the up-tempo tunes, Mine and Acquaintance, the bassist Joe Shulmans strength and intelligence is evident, while drummer Bill Faites brushwork is a model of good taste.
The second album presents six songs from Funny Face, along with six from several Gershwin shows. This set contains a pair of nicely off-hand vocals, Who Cares?, and a lightly swinging version of S Wonderful that she sings much in the sophisticated style of Bobby Troup. With Joe Shulman on bass, and Joe Petti on drums, the trios approach displays a blend of imagination, taste, touch, and swing.
And though Barbara Carroll was by no means an innovator or trailblazer, she was a talented performer with a distinctive musical personality that enabled her to do justice to her repertoire and communicate musically with the listeners attractive and hardly minor gifts at any level of music.
01. The Trolley Song
02. Ive Grown Accustomed to His Face
03. Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries
04. It Might as Well Be Spring
05. Will You Still Be Mine?
06. Love Is Just Around the Corner
07. Easy Living
08. Happy to Make Your Acquaintance
09. Blues for Blue Eyes
10. Lets Kiss and Make Up
11. Funny Face
12. He Loves and She Loves
13. 'S Wonderful
14. How Long Has This Been Going On?
15. Clap Yo Hands
16. Lets Call the Whole Thing Off
17. Someone to Watch Over Me
18. Who Cares?
19. They Cant Take That Away from Me
20. Love Is Here to Stay
21. They All Laughed
Personnel on 'BARBARA':
Barbara Carroll (p), Joe Shulman (b) and Bill Faite (d).
Recorded in New York, on November 26, 1957.
Personnel on 'PLAYING SELECTIONS FROM THE PARAMOUNT MOTION PICTURE
FUNNY FACE AND OTHER GERSHWIN TUNES':
Barbara Carroll (p, vcl #13 & 18), Joe Shulman (b) and Joe Petti (d).
Recorded in New York, March 7 & 8, 1957.
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol.
Stereo 24-Bit Digitally Remastered