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. ###
Track Listing: S
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 love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.