Sentimental, but never sappy at all – a great set of later work from pianist Barbara Carroll, who also sings a bit on the date too! Carroll first rose to prominence in the 50s, then was under-recorded for many years after that – but re-emerging in a recent set of sides for Venus
Records, she's still in tip-top shape – really playing with warmth and creativity that manages to do a lot with a little! The tunes here are shorter than the usual Venus
outing, but that's only a testament to Carroll's sense of economy – an easy familiarity with the standards on the date, which lets her really get to the heart of the melody quickly, but in ways that bear plenty of her own twists and turns too. Bass is by Jay Leonhart and drums are by Joe Cocuzzo – and titles include "As Long As I Live", "Yesterdays", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Lady Be Good", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Last Night When We Were Young", and "On A Clear Day".