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 to anonymous sidemen. That said, Krall's follow-up to 1999's When I Look in Your Eyes is a lush, if somewhat sleepy, trawl though 10 well-known (well-worn?) ballads that are sure to please incurable romantics everywhere. Is it too soon for record stores to move Krall from the jazz section to the pop/easy-listening bins? Let’s hope not. ###
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Personnel: Diana Krall: piano and vocals; Claus Ogerman: arranger and conductor; Dori Caymni: guitar; Christian McBride: bass, Jeff Hamilton: drums; Paulinho Da Costa: percussion, Russell Malone: guitar, Peter Erskine: drums, John Pisano: guitar; Romero Lubambo: guitar; Luis Conte: percussion; The London Symphony Orchestra; unidentified Los Angeles studio orchestra.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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