Carol Sloane

Jazz Singer


Carol Sloane: "I Never Went Away"
(High Note HCD 7085)

by Clive Davis London Times, December 2, 2001

Having inveigled Carol Sloane's husky voice into one of his novels, crime writer Robert B. Parker now goes one better by providing liner notes to her latest outing. Sloane has many admirers, yet the climate for vocalists of her ilk is so uncertain that, at one point, she made a living as a secretary. Fortunately, she is enjoying a revival. Richard Rodney Bennett here supplies the bitter-sweet title tune, while Sloane steps up a gear on the Ellington standard "Cotton Tail." Aside from a couple of routine bossa nova arrangements, she doesn't put a foot wrong. An unflashy performer, she is always seeking out material that deserves a wider audience: Billy Strayhorn's "Maybe" was given a good shakedown by Lena Horne a few years back, but otherwise rarely surfaces. Three stars ["Outstanding"].