Carol Sloane, Dearest Duke (Arbors): The other outstanding vocal album of the year is Ms. Sloane's latest and most heartfelt collection of Ellingtonia. The nod almost went to Andy Bey's new Birdland set, but the presence of the brilliant clarinetist Ken Peplowski on every track puts Ms. Sloane over the top.
-Will Friedwald, The New York Sun, Dec. 28, 2007
The Washington Post, December 25, 2007
Jazz singer Carol Sloane has been perennially underappreciated during her long, uncompromising career. She sings with a rare maturity and grace and has dozens of excellent recordings, yet she is little known outside a small circle of admirers.
Sloane has often recorded the music of Duke Ellington, including a full album in 1999 (Romantic Ellington), but her most recent effort reaches a deeper, more profound level