Needless to say, Margolis, whose stylings evoke Betty Carter one moment and Marilyn Monroe the next, is far from orthodox. Besides her two cleverly written originals, she covers tunes by Tom Waits, the underrated and similarly witty Bob Dorough, and Randy Newman. She surrounds herself with the best sidemen available on the Left Coast, and she sings with joy and spunk. Her topics are pretentiousness, authenticity, and intimacy, and she's always credible. Not to mention enthralling. Four years ago, she recorded the scintillating "Straight Up With a Twist" with legendary vocalist Charles Brown and fiery trumpeter Roy Hargrove, delivering a more conventionally jazzy record. Here, Margolis's key accomplice is Joyce Cooling, an economically poignant guitarist who co-wrote the gentle bossa nova "It's You" with her. Their lovely collaboration embodies the singular pleasures of an album that always generates heat, but never loses its cool.