Like most of her albums, Sweet and Slow owes a debt to Carmen McRae, Carol’s greatest inspiration. "As much as I adored Ella and Sarah, Carmen had a voice I could really understand," she says. "The way she read a lyric made much more sense to me, because she sounded more human. I thought that’s what I have to aim for when I sing – to make someone share a moment with me."
Without a doubt, this "gray-haired lady from Stoneham who likes to sing," as she calls herself, is doing her best work. Says Carol: "This may be the first album I’ve made that I’ve been able to listen to and think, ‘That’s Ok.’"
This album was recorded in New York City, NY, on April 19-21, 1993.
The album also features Stefan Scaggiari on piano, John Lockwood on bass, Colin Bailey on drums, and Frank Wess on tenor saxophone / flute.