The second album from jazz chanteuse Carol McCartney, Be Cool is old school vocal jazz of the highest quality. There's a nice range to the material, from the Joni Mitchell penned title cut and Cassandra Wilson's playful bossa "Almost Twelve" to classic Songbook repertoire. McCartney's vocals are supple and subtle and she is ably accompanied by top local veterans Brian Dickinson, Lorne Lofsky, Kieran Overs and Terry Clarke, while two horn players flesh out some of the tracks. Her first solo album, 2007's A Night In Tunisia, was well-received, and she has collaborated with Chase Sanborn, Bob Brough, and Free Flight.
McCartney launches the disc this week at Toronto jazz hub Jazz Bistro on Oct. 23 and 24, followed by gigs in Ann Arbor and St. Louis. Check her site for details.