Down Beat (3/97, p.54) - 5 Stars - (out of 5) - "...Sloane's intonation and broad range put her among a select few vocalists whom musicians consider their equals..."
JazzTimes (11/96, p.105) - "...The arrangements tend toward the lush--this was the dawn of stereo, remember?--but Sloane wears them without a trace of self-consciousness, making them seem tastefully subservient to her warm readings of a pleasant enough set of standards..."
Personnel includes: Carol Sloane (vocals); Bob Brookmeyer (arranger, trombone); Bill Finegan (arranger); Nick Travis (trumpet); Clark Terry (flugelhorn); Al Klink (flute); Bernie Leighton (piano); Barry Galbraith, Jim Hall (guitar); Art Davis, George Duvivier (bass); Walter Perkins (drums).
Producer: Mike Berniker.
Reissue producer: Barry Feldman.
Engineers: Fred Plaut, Frank Laico, Teddy Brosnan.
Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, New York on November 27, December 1 & December 20, 1961 and January 27, 1962. Includes liner notes by George T. Simon.
Digitally remastered by Ken Robertson (1995, Sony Music Studios).
Carol Sloane, who made a strong impression with her performance at the 1961 Newport Jazz Festival, shortly after recorded her first album (originally on Columbia) which has been reissued on this Koch CD along with a previously unreleased "April in My Heart" and Sloane's 45 version of "I Want You to Be the First to Know." At the time, her voice sounded a little like Ella Fitzgerald's in spots, but Sloane's own personality frequently pops through. She mostly sticks to ballads, along with an occasional swinger, on this set, and the only partly identified band is mostly confined to a quiet supporting role by arrangers Bill Finegan and Bob Brookmeyer. After recording a second album for Columbia, Sloane would slip into obscurity until her rediscovery (at first by the Japanese) in the late '70s but, as this reissue shows, Carol Sloane was a highly appealing singer from the start. ~ Scott Yanow