All of a sudden, there seems to be an absolute plethora of female jazz vocalists all vying for our attention, but Sophie Milman's latest release confirms her entitlement to be ranked alongside the very best.
Another striking collection of top-notch vocal performances simply reinforces her standing as a supreme and original interpreter of jazz and pop standards, more often than not breathing new life into the material as she goes.
And that sultry come-hither voice is as compelling as ever.
"Be Cool" would have been a more appropriate choice as the album's title track, as accurate and concise a summary of Ms Milman's craft as any. Her stunning arrangement of Cole Porter's "Love For Sale" might just stake a claim to being the definitive version of that tune, whilst a neat reworking of Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" shows her unafraid to venture into pop territory.
What sets Sophie Milman apart from much of the competition is an unmistakeable 'world' feel to her music, informed no doubt by her exotic upbringing - born in Russia, raised in Israel and Canada. But ultimately, it's all about that sensational voice. Well worth checking out.