11/06/13 By Mark Robbins
Carla Cook in performance at The Attucks Theater, Norfolk, Va October 4, 2013
Cook and company pull from a grab bag of tunes and add their own spin
Take a little Ella, add some Sarah and Carmen, throw in a dash of Dinah and a drop of Etta and you get Carla Cook.
Gospel, R&B, Motown, Blues, she takes them all, adds her own spin and causes one to wonder how these songs weren't meant to be jazz to begin with. Accompanied at the historic Attucks Theater in Norfolk, Va. by John Toomey on piano, Jimmy Masters on bass and Devonne Harris on drums, the quartet covered Stevie Wonder, Dori Caymmi, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bobbie Gentry, Ellington, Basie and so many other great writers that the audience was treated to a wonderful mix of musical genres. Whether interpreting a lyric or slipping into a scatting session, Carla Cook gave her listeners a truly magical evening.
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