Stephen Holden on Barbara Carroll

September 22, 2010

The NYTimes on the legend at the Algonquin: “Elegant, red-haired and unfailingly gracious, Ms. Carroll is herself a finished painting: a delicate, finely boned, beautifully spoken woman who is much more resilient than she appears. It is in her ballads that she reveals herself as a dreamy musical impressionist with roots deep in Ravel and Debussy. A medley of “Autumn in New York” and “Early Autumn,” arranged as a semiclassical suite, produced arpeggios of tumbling leaves and multicolored foliage.”


Stephen Holden on Barbara Carroll

September 24, 2009

The NYTimes reviews the revered institution: “An empathetic love affair that deepens over time: that’s one way to describe the chemistry of the pianist Barbara Carroll with the music of George Gershwin. Classically schooled but with jazz roots in the bebop era, Ms. Carroll, now in her 80s, is in full possession of an impeccable technique along with a far-sighted historical perspective.”


Stephen Holden on Barbara Carroll

February 17, 2009

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The NYTimes weighs in on the cabaret doyenne:  “All great songs are potential Rorschachs. The balance, restraint and playful humor, along with an insistence on facing the future with a brave face — qualities that have always defined Ms. Carroll’s polite, swinging musicianship — imbued the song with reassurance; yes, we’re in it together, boys and girls.”


Stephen Holden on Barbara Carroll

September 19, 2008

The NYTime reviews the cabaret legend: “Poise, elegance, a classical sense of structure and a swinging vigor remarkable for a musician in her 80s: these are the qualities that the pianist and singer Barbara Carroll brought on Sunday afternoon to the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, where she began her fall season of Sunday concerts.”