Personnel: Carol Sloane (vocals); Frank Wess (flute, tenor saxophone); Norris Turney (alto saxophone); Jimmy Rowles (piano); Joe La Barbera (drums).
Liner Note Author: Dan Morgenstern.
Recording information: Downtown Sound Studio (10/28/1978-10/29/1978).
Arranger: Jimmy Rowles.
Originally released by Progressive, this Carol Sloane album is quite definitive. After 15 years of neglect, the appealing jazz singer began to emerge on records again in 1977. On her effort, Sloane performs ten superior songs, which range from swing standards such as "Cheek to Cheek" and "Prelude to a Kiss" to lesser-known numbers such as a pair of Johnny Mercer-Jimmy Rowles collaborations ("Morning Star" and "Frasier the Sensuous Lion"), Norris Turney's "Checkered Hat" and "An Older Man Is Like an Elegant Wine." The singer is ably assisted by pianist Rowles (who also arranged the tunes), tenor saxophonist Frank Wess, altoist Norris Turney (who guests on his composition), bassist George Mraz and drummer Joe LaBarbera. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow