A beautiful little record from singer Carol Sloane – a singer who's billed as a discovery from the Newport Jazz Festival – but who sings here with shimmeringly modern arrangements that recall some of June Christy
's best 50s work with arranger Pete Rugolo! The force behind the backings here is mostly Bill Finegan – of Sauter-Finegan fame – who uses just the right amount of subtle modern colors and tones to instantly announce Sloane as a singer from a new generation – one who's not trying to cross over to pop, nor please the dancers – and instead revel in all the advances that jazz vocals had made in the postwar years. Bob Brookmeyer also arranged a few tunes – and plays often on the record, with a great tone that underscores the blue vibe of the set – and titles include "Who Cares", "My Ship", "Little Girl Blue", "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries", "Night & Day", "My Silent Love", and "The More I See You". This CD also includes another early album from the jazz singer – recorded in a hip "live in studio" style that replicates the vibe of some of Carol's New York nightclub dates from the time – a mode that seems to make the singer sound even groovier than ever! Backing is by a small, live combo – who mix things up nicely, and sometimes give Sloane a hard-swinging groove, other times just shade in the background and really just let the singer open up, take the lead, and work in these musically expressive ways! The set list is mostly familiar songs, but handled in a very fresh, personal way – and titles include "It Never Entered My Mind", "In A Sentimental Mood", "My Melancholy Baby", "On The Street Where You Live", "Spring Is Here", and "Love Walked In".