cook review

Carla Cook
From the fledgling St. Louis-based MAXJAZZcomes Carla Cook, a singer with a rich, wide vocal range. At the heart of her style is jazz with a nod to the blues and R&B, not surprising since she grew up in a city bursting with musical legacies and influences--Detroit.Carla Cook iit's all about love ( MXJ 106) shows it all off as Ms. Cook explores standards like September Song, touches gospel with Hold to God's Unchanging Hand, scats through Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues and even blends jazz and Portuguese lyrics with Cancoa do Sal (sung in Portuguese). She is a gifted artist who loves working with her music and the musicians she’s working with. The arrangements are crisp and imaginative. Especially effective is the addition of jazz violinist Regina Carter and pianist Cyrus Chestnut on several tracks adding to the fine support from Kenny Davis and Darryl Hall, bass; Billy Kilson and George Gray, drums; Jeffrey Davis, percussion, and Andy Milne, piano. Ms. Cook's new CD also includes a bonus CD-ROM Video Track. Every new CD should have one.