Album: Liane Carroll, Ballads (Quiet Money)

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The Independent Culture

Singer/pianist Carroll is the worst kept secret in UK jazz: everyone knows she's amazing but a glass ceiling stops her becoming the world star she so obviously is.

There are performances here – an incredible version of Todd Rundgren's "Pretending to Care", plus "'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and "It's Raining In My Heart" – that should be played on The Voice to show how it's done. This is smooth jazz raised to a high art.