Carol Sloane

Jazz Singer


Carol Sloane

I Never Went Away

by Steve Gruber — Pulse Magazine, March, 2002

Carol Sloane has been quietly recording quality albums of jazz standards off and on for quite a few years now. Recent recordings and live club dates should help to raise her profile, and that's as it should be, as her latest CD amply demonstrates. One of the joys of this album is Sloane's inclusion of several seldom-heard tunes that are of the caliber of the standards that we're accustomed to hearing her sing. The lightly swinging "How Could You Do a Thing Like That to Me" is a song I had previously only heard instrumentally by Erroll Garner, while the CD's opener, "I See a Million People," is a melodic number that showcases Sloane's intimate way with a ballad. She has included a couple of tried-and-true evergreens, "Deep Purple," another excellent intimate ballad performance, and Duke Ellington's "Cotton Tail," which finds her in bebop mode. The superb backing is by five instrumentalists including pianist Norman Simmons, who worked for many years with Carmen McRae.