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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CD Review: Diana Krall - Turn Up The Quiet.


(Review by Lance)
A day after the Ella centenary we return to the current First Lady of Song - Diana Krall. Eleven GASbook classics - love songs, so sensual that it makes me wish I was Elvis Costello. 
And if the voice wasn't enough there's the piano playing. At times, reminiscent of the King Cole Trio which isn't surprising given that most, if not all, of the songs have been associated with the late Nat and Krall has recorded tributes to him in the past. There's also a slight suggestion of George Shearing in Isn't it Romantic? But, most of all, it's Diana's personal identity that stands out.
Three different groups and all with outstanding players. The voice and bass (McBride) duo chorus that kicks off Like Someone in Love is pure magic and the guitar-work by all three pickers is exemplary.Check out Malone on Blue Skies; Ribot on Moonglow and Wilson on Sway.
Not surprisingly, her former mentor Alan Broadbent arranged a gorgeous version of Dream. Appropriately enough, Dream, preceded by No Moon at All, is the penultimate track before the album concludes with I'll See You in my Dreams which I most certainly will tonight.
An album for lovers - lovers of cool, laid back, vocal jazz.
Other tracks: L-O-V-E; Night and Day; I'm Confessin'. - dig the piano on this latter track!
Available on Verve Records May 5.
Lance.
Diana Krall (vocal/piano); Christian McBride (bass); Russell Malone (guitar) + strings on several tracks. Alan Broadbent arranged Dream.
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Krall (vocal/piano); Stuart Duncan (violin); Tony Garnier (bass); Marc Ribot (guitar); Karriem Riggins (drums).
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Krall (piano/vocal); Anthony Wilson (guitar); John Clayton Jr. (bass); Jeff Hamilton (drums).

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