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Quiet Nights (Bonus Track Version)

Diana Krall

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Though she’s famously self-contained as a vocalist and pianist who is equally skilled at both instruments, Diana Krall has had an impressive history of collaborators. From guitarist Russell Malone to producer Tommy LiPuma to her husband, singer/songwriter Elvis Costello, Krall has teamed up with remarkably empathetic minds. For her new Quiet Nights album, she reunites with arranger/conductor Claus Ogerman (Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz) for the first time since her Live In Paris concert recording from 2002. Krall’s tenth studio effort includes not only lushly realized Brazilian standards (the title track, “The Boy from Ipanema”) and selections from the Great American Songbook (“Where or When,” “Everytime We Say Goodbye”) but smartly interpreted contemporary songs such as the Bee Gees’ “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.” 

Customer Reviews

Not as good as could've been...

The problem with Diana Krall in my view has always been that certain songs she sings quite well and suit her vocal style whereas other pieces are probably best left alone. The arrangements here are all over the place but the standout tracks are 'Walk On By,' 'So Nice,' and the 'The Boy From Ipanema, with 'Too Marvelous for Words' following up a distant fourth. The rest of the album is just too lethargic and before people praise Krall for this effort they should really listen to the original work by the original artists to get some idea of what the music ought to and did sound like back in its day. You simply can't take every song out there that was either swinging, bluesy or bent on the pop/rock genre and convert it into a jazz tune with predictable and consistent success. Bossa nova tunes recorded by Astrud Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sergio Mendes et al are timeless and can't be simply replicated nor should they be.

Elevator Music

Hey Diana, with all that string, you do not swing! Nice elevator music, but that’s about it. Are the 101 strings really necessary? And that whispery, tissue paper voice – like zonked Peggy Lee. It’s time you got back to basics, Ms. Krall: a drummer, a bassist, your piano and your incomparable voice jiving, jumping, moving!

A few good tunes, but overall a disappointment

I've been a huge Diana Krall fan for a decade or more. In my view this is her weakest album to date. 9 or 10 of the songs on the album could be played end to end and you wouldn't know when one song ended and the next began. A few wispy, soft, slow, oboe/clarinet/flute/strings/brush on snare drum songs would fine, but 10 - sheesh! Still a few good tunes (So Nice, Where or When, Quiet Nights) though, so I rate it a 3.

Biography

Born: November 16, 1964 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With her pre-bop piano style, cool but sensual singing, and fortuitously photogenic looks, Diana Krall took the jazz world by storm in the late '90s. By the turn of the century she was firmly established as one of the biggest sellers in jazz. Her 1996 album All for You was a Nat King Cole tribute that showed the singer/pianist's roots,...
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