Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

220

Carla Cook: Simply Natural

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Carla Cook: Simply Natural "Simply Natural." The song's title describes what Carla Cook is all about and what makes her such a thrilling vocalist. She's genuine. Both her scat singing and her lyric interpretations result in a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can sit back and enjoy being a part of it. Accompanists Bruce Barth and Cyrus Chestnut are in fine form. The program's song selection offers a wide variety that allows Cook's natural beauty to shine through. She's crossed generations by combining classics such as "Tulip or Turnip" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" with "Scarborough Fair," "Watermelon Man" and Oscar Brown Jr.'s "Strong Man."

The combination of scat singing with soulful lyric interpretations makes Cook's natural delivery take control. I find this album atop my ten-best list for the year. Must a jazz singer scat? I think so. It's like asking, "Should a jazz singer use E-flat, E, F, F-sharp and G?" Carla Cook sings accurately, with a natural swing, and creatively. What places her session above most others, is the natural manner she brings to the performance. This is straight-ahead jazz that everyone can turn to when they need to hear a friendly smile.


Track Listing: Simply Natural; Tulip or Turnip; Weak for the Man; Watermelon Man; Strong Man; Something 'Bout Believing; Scarborough Fair; Are You With Me; Summer (Estat'); Still Gotta Thing for You; I Can't Give You Anything But Love.

Personnel: Carla Cook- vocals ; Cyrus Chestnut- piano, Fender Rhodes; Bruce Barth- piano; Kenny Davis- bass; Billy Kilson- drums; Steve Kroon- percussion.

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: MAXJAZZ | Style: Vocal


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
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
Anita O'Day Anita O'Day
vocalist
Tierney Sutton Tierney Sutton
vocalist

More Articles

Read Umbrella Weather CD/LP/Track Review Umbrella Weather
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 24, 2017
Read Born In An Urban Ruin CD/LP/Track Review Born In An Urban Ruin
by John Sharpe
Published: January 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Dave Wayne
Published: January 24, 2017
Read Sanguinaria (Hopeful Songs) CD/LP/Track Review Sanguinaria (Hopeful Songs)
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 24, 2017
Read #knowingishalfthebattle CD/LP/Track Review #knowingishalfthebattle
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Live In Brooklyn CD/LP/Track Review Live In Brooklyn
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "Etchings in Amber" CD/LP/Track Review Etchings in Amber
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 1, 2016
Read "True North" CD/LP/Track Review True North
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 10, 2016
Read "Serpentines" CD/LP/Track Review Serpentines
by John Sharpe
Published: December 15, 2016
Read "Reflections" CD/LP/Track Review Reflections
by Andrew Luhn
Published: March 23, 2016
Read "I Can Do All Things" CD/LP/Track Review I Can Do All Things
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 14, 2016
Read "Have Yourself an Alto Madness Christmas" CD/LP/Track Review Have Yourself an Alto Madness Christmas
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 4, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!