Barbara Carroll

Barbara Carroll Trio [1954]

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Barbara Carroll's second album as a leader (aside from a single 78 rpm disc recorded a few years earlier) is an enjoyable trio outing with bassist Joe Shulman and drummer Herb Wasserman. Though Carroll became known as a singing pianist later on in her career, these 1953 sessions, which consist primarily of low-key performances of ballads, strictly feature her as an instrumentalist. Most of Carroll's arrangements are not particularly adventurous, though her romp through "Serenade for a Wealthy Widow" and her incorporation of fugue passages within Tadd Dameron's "Good Bait" show that she has a fertile imagination and plenty of chops in reserve. Long out of print, this RCA Victor LP won't be easy to locate.

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