"Carol Sloane has been part of the jazz scene since the late 1950s and she continues to grow in depth, passion and musicality as the years progress. In 1991 Carol Sloane recorded her debut for Concord, Hearts Desire. Since then she has led five additional sets for the label…which, taken as a whole, form the finest work of her career. Ballad Essentials draws its eleven songs from her six projects for Concord. Although the tempos are quite relaxed, the passion in Carol Sloane’s singing and the top-notch accompaniment make this a stirring and exciting set….Carol Sloane is heard at the peak of her interpretive powers."— Scott Yanow, Author of Swing, Bop, Afro-Cuban Jazz and The Trumpet Kings (Backbeat Books).