Patricia Barber - "Nightclub" - Patricia's "Killer" voice and persona (packaged, BTW, in a music-geek body, complete with black horn-rim glasses) doing standards, reaching deep within to give these venerable numbers a "personal best" performance.
Holly Cole - "Temptation" - Holly's "road less travelled" take on a number of Tom Waits songs. There's a very coherent and intimate sonic stage and performer-listener rapport established in these tracks.
Thanks all for the great recommendations, since a few of you mentioned Patricia Barber, I picked up "Nightclub", it's quite good, I also picked up Mary Stallings - Live at the Village Vanguard, I highly recommend it!
Thanks again, I always love discovering new music.....now to hunt down some Ella.