All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

171

Carla Cook: Dem Bones

C. Michael Bailey By
Published:
Sign in to view read count

Carla Cook follows up her Grammy-nominated It's all About Love with a slightly funkier fair...but only after some mainstream flirtations.

Carla Cook's 1999 It's All About Love was one of the inaugural releases of the then fledgling MAXJAZZ label. It was honored with a Grammy® nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. It was an eclectic and ingenious collection of tunes from all corners of the genre spectrum. This year's Dem Bones is no exception to the precedent she set with her last recording. She peppers this offering with the mainstream ("The More I See You", "Like a Lover"), the swinging ("Oh Gee", "Just A Sittin' Here Rockin'"), and the down-right funky ("Dem Bones", "Ode to Billie Joe").

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut joins Cook once again, providing his impeccable support, more than keeping up with her style skipping. His organ playing is sanctified soul on " Come, Ye Disconsolate." His Fender Rhodes is swampy on "Ode to Billie Joe". Fred Wesley, Craig Harris, and Tyrone Jefferson provide an effective trombone choir on the opening "The More I See You" and "Dem Bones", though in completely different contexts. The rhythm section is superb as is the sonic perfection of this disc. In spite of all this talent, Cook remains the centerpiece, her voice a diamond-hard contralto, full of her native Detroit. This critic is more than happy that Ms. Cook released music subsequent to It's All About Love and that she was retained by the spectacular MAXJAZZ.


Track Listing: The More I See You; Like A Lover; Oh Gee; Dem Bones; Just A Sittin' And A Rockin'; Ode To Billie Joe; Someone To Light Up My Life; For The Elders; Come, Ye Disconsolate; Better Than Anything; A Lover's Lullaby (Total Time: 60:31).

Personnel: Carla Cook: Vocals; Cyrus Chestnut: Keyboards; James Genus: Bass; Fred Wesley, Craig Harris, Tyrone Jefferson: Trombone; Jeffery Haynes: Percussion.

| Record Label: MA Recordings | Style: Vocal


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Simply Natural
Simply Natural
MA Recordings
2002
buy
Dem Bones
Dem Bones
MA Recordings
2001
buy
[no cover]
It's All About Love
WATT Works
1999
buy
It
It
MAXJAZZ
1999
buy
Sarah Vaughan Sarah Vaughan
vocalist
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
vocalist
Dianne Reeves Dianne Reeves
vocalist
Cassandra Wilson Cassandra Wilson
vocalist
Sara Gazarek Sara Gazarek
vocalist
Dinah Washington Dinah Washington
vocalist
Carmen McRae Carmen McRae
vocalist
Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson
vocalist

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.