Looking for a Boy is a reissue of a 1958 Savoy compilation devoted to three jazz pianists and their trios: Marian McPartland, Adelaide Robbins, and Barbara Carroll. McPartland is by far the best known of the three, and her half of the album -- cut live in 1953 during her Hickory House days with Joe Morello on drums -- are among her earliest recordings. The CD adds two bonus tracks by McPartland, "Once in a While" and "I've Got the World on a String," from the same performance. Robbins' and Carroll's portions are studio sessions from 1956 and 1950, respectively. It is a telling commentary on the times that these capable pianists were lumped together on an album with sultry artwork and a boy-crazy title, but the music easily transcends the kitschy packaging.
AllMusic Review by Greg Adams