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Diana Krall Sextet at Mesa Arts Center

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Diana Krall Sextet Mesa Arts Center Mesa, Arizona April 8, 2014 Diana Krall applied her sultry voice and dynamic piano style to a captivating if surprising concert that combined jazz with tender childhood memories, silent-film clips and Seinfeld-style mischievous humor. In a stage setting that resembled an old-time theater, Krall mostly performed music from the 1920s and 1930s, saying she loved old music and silent movies,and that she had heard many of the songs on her father's Gramophone, which was positioned stage left throughout the evening. Singing and playing both a grand piano ...

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Top Ten "Most Read" Articles: 2013

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All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our top ten published in 2013. 1. Diana Krall: Rediscovering Vaudeville in Glad Rag Doll 2. The Harlem Renaissance and American Music 3. John McLaughlin: Risk, Magic And Mystery 4. George Benson: Finding His Groove In Inspiration 5. Steven Wilson: Montreal, Canada, April 25, 2013 6. Eberhard Weber: Positive Pragmatism 7. Peter Hook: Tragic Joy, Electrified Order 8. Arve Henriksen: ...

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Diana Krall: Rediscovering Vaudeville in Glad Rag Doll

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Diana Krall is more than just a jazz songstress. She established herself as a solid interpreter of standards with her rendition of the Dusty Springfield's classic, “The Look of Love," making her mark with notable acoustic arrangements coupled with openly sensuous vocals carrying the tune. Krall is one of the jazz world's uniquely eclectic artists who has built a respectable longevity with her career. She is consistent as a serious jazz artist, both in the recording studio as well as in her visual branding. When it comes to CD cover art, she appears to have garnered notable attention ...

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Diana Krall: Live in Rio

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Diana Krall Live In Rio Eagle Eye Productions 2009

There are some music critics who will fault a successful artist for “selling out," for appealing to the lowest common denominator with music that is either highly processed or mediocre for the sake of not being offensive (read that, misunderstood). Such criticism has been leveled at Canadian pianist and singer Diana Krall, who by any standards of success is a rock star in the world of jazz--and it's true, Krall takes absolutely no artistic chances, choosing rather to perform mainstream jazz vocal music ...

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Diana Krall: Quiet Nights

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Diana Krall's new CD arrives just in time to greet the “lazy, hazy days" and nights of summer. On this outing, she is on vocals and piano, accompanied by Anthony Wilson on guitar, bassist John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton, percussionist Paulinho Da Costa and a lush orchestra consisting of a full string section augmented by flutes, French horns, oboe, tuba and vibes. The material is a selection of familiar American songbook standards and three Antonio Carlos Jobim tunes--"The Boy From Ipanema," “Este Seu Olhar" (sung in Portuguese) and the title song (with Gene Lees' English lyrics). All ...

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Diana Krall: Quiet Nights

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The origin of the phrase Bossa Nova is as complex as the Brazilian culture from which the music sprung in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Nominally translated into “Our New Thing," Bossa Nova was developed by Brazilian composers Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes and João Gilberto, and is characterized by a samba rhythm with its emphasis on the first beat. Harmonically, Bossa Nova is similar to jazz in the use of the seventh, ninth and extending chords. The critical mass between Bossa Nova and jazz occurred on Getz/Gilberto (Verve, 1964), uniting Jobim, Gilberto and Stan Getz who, with ...

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Diana Krall

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The twilight skies over the aged wood shingled roofs at the Newport Tennis Hall of Fame were looking ominous. The air was damp and flecks of rain started and stopped as we walked into the beautiful Stanford White-designed courtyard with its hanging flowerpots and dark green shutters. It was like traveling back to another era of summery charm and Victorian opulence. The seats had been set up on one of the famed plush grass courts. The sight lines to the center stage were all pretty good. And the sound system this Friday night, the first of the Newport Jazz Festival ...

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Diana Krall: Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival

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Diana Krall Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival Verve Music Group 2004

Diana Krall's early career earned widespread acclaim, much of which vanished as her albums became increasingly vacuous mass-market efforts. When 2003's Live In Paris came out, it felt shameful admitting a liking for it and thinking she might be on the rebound.

But that album makes it easier to say the “good"? Krall shows up on the Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival DVD from a June 2004 concert. The first encouraging, if odd, sign: the opening “Sometimes I Just ...

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Diana Krall: The Girl In The Other Room

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Now approaching forty and having married last December, Diana Krall has made a few changes while putting together this latest album. Some of the songs come from a different direction than her previous material. Nothing can change her core jazz focus, however. The spirit of Nat King Cole, Jimmy Rowles and Ray Brown continues to guide her at every turn. And her old friends John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Christian McBride and Peter Erskine are still here to lend a hand.

Then there’s Krall’s piano interludes. She interprets as well from the keyboard as she does vocally. ...

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Diana Krall

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WBGO Afternoon Jazz host Michael Bourne chats with pianist and singer Diana Krall. They discuss her upcoming performance at Radio City Music Hall and her latest album The Look of Love.

Michael Bourne: Do you ever feel dizzy from the whirlwind of everything that's been happening?

Diana Krall: I think I was overwhelmed at Radio City Music Hall. I was driving past Radio City Music Hall after arriving back in New York and not being here for a while. When you drive by Radio City and you see your name up there and it's only “your" ...

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Vince Benedetti and Diana Krall: Heartdrops

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The true novelty of this recording lies more in hearing a younger, greener, less polished Diana Krall than the specific results of her collaboration with trombonist Vince Benedetti. Heartdrops is a 1990 studio recording that occurred after a fortuitous meeting between Benedetti and Krall and a series of dates in between.

What I can hear is that this is not the same Diana Krall who appeared on the CD/DVD Live in Paris. She is still tempering her craft on this recording. Benedetti, for his part, demonstrates his singular genius in composition and arrangement. He provides Krall (and guitarist ...

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Diana Krall: Live in Paris

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Those who have spent the last year or so on the International Space Station or shipwrecked on a deserted island may be forgiven for not knowing about Diana Krall's crossover conquest of the Jazz and Adult Contemporary charts; everyone else not familiar with Ms. Krall's visage, smooth sounds, and last recording The Look of Love will instantly receive a failing grade.

Live In Paris, Krall's first live album, was recorded in a series of performances last November29 through December 2 at the Paris Olympia. Ably accompanied by her combo of guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist John Clayton, and drummer Jeff Hamilton ...

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Diana Krall: The Look Of Love

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Lush strings and gliding flutes surround Diana Krall's tender vocals. Even her substantial piano interludes take on the appearance of drifting mists, through the mix of orchestral timbres. With an emphasis on her sultry vocal interpretations, the latest album reaches out to a broad, popular music audience. Nothing wrong with that. It's just that jazz fans usually want the improvised licks along with their melodies. Russell Malone does provide a few; and they're up to his usual high standards. Expressive instrumental fill can make a vocal interpretation work better than a hundred strings and flutes can; given the right circumstances. ...

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Diana Krall: The Look of Love

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The career path she seems to have chosen must trouble jazz fans who have tracked Diana Krall’s meteoritic rise to stardom. Increasingly, emphasis is placed not on her talents as a fine mainstream jazz pianist, but on her smoky voice and obvious physical beauty. Her song choices border on the pedestrian, the arrangements have become tamer, she solos less and her trademark vocal delivery runs the risk of tumbling into self-parody. Sadly, Claus Ogerman's bossa nova-tinged orchestral arrangements leave little room for Krall’s high-priced supporting cast. All-stars like bassist Christian McBride, guitarist Russell Malone and drummer Peter Erskine are reduced ...



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