Carol Welsman plays piano as well as sings with a voice that mixes a bit of wisp, moxie and an inside joke twinkle-in-the-eye that you just won’t resist. She swings like the Nat Cole Trio on readings of “Route 66” and the clever “Never Make Your Move Too Soon,” and can glide like a baby in a bathtub on the slinky “You Came A long Way From St. Louis.” She has an uncanny knack for picking wonderful material as well. Who else would dare do a stark reading of vocals and piano on “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” or a French version of “Fly Me To The Moon,” and make it work? As for her delivery, she can take a lyric and hold it, clip it, gasp it, sigh it and coax in ways that will make you howl in ecstasy. If she comes to town, get a front row seat!
By George W. Harris (Jazzweekly.com)