Barbara Carroll

Have You Met Miss Carroll?

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Pianist Barbara Carroll's fifth recording for RCA Victor dates from 1955. She leads a trio with bassist Joe Shulman and drummer Ralph Pollack on this mixture of bop and lightly swinging instrumentals, focusing on standards, pop tunes of the day, and a pair of originals. Her approach to her instrument can be compared to her good friend Marian McPartland, though her style is very much her own. One of the interesting obscurities present is Harold Arlen's "Two Ladies in de Shade of de Banana Tree," played in a modified calypso setting. Highlights of this album include her sauntering take of "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," a delightful romp through "Have You Met Miss Jones," and her easygoing theme song from the beginning of her career, "Barbara's Carol." Long out of print, this LP will be somewhat difficult to acquire.

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