Carla Cook's new release "It's All About Love" should have wide appeal among jazz fans, being a fine mix of time honored standards, popular recent compositions by the likes of Neil Young, Marvin Gaye and Carla herself. A fine gospel item, "Hold On To God's Unchanging Hand" creates a nice change of mood at mid point in the session.
Surrounded by some very high class instrumental talent, Carla shows her wonderful vocal range and swinging style to advantage. The band includes two of today's "young lions" on piano in the form of Cyrus Chestnut and Andy Milne alternating on various tracks. Bassists are Kenny Davis and Darryl Hall. Drummers Billy Kilson, George Gray and percussionist Jeffrey Haynes complete the band. A very special guest appears in the form of violinist Regina Carter. Regina performs on two tunes, September Song and the title track.
This young woman handles the wide range of material with remarkable ease and good taste. I was especially taken with September Song, a tune that never made my list of favorites in the past. Carla's rendition is superb and is enhanced beautifully by the Regina Carter solo.
The video track which appears on Maxjazz CDs, comes in the form of an alternate take of "The Way You Look Tonight". An interesting concept usually reserved for reissue recordings. This gal "scats" with the best of them.
All said, this appealing young vocalist deserves your attention. Four shining stars!