Diana Krall - She's All that Jazz
For those just beginning to dabble in jazz or trying to sort out what they like and what they don’t, Diana Krall is an excellent place to start. Although she has been sometimes been called “Easy Listening” (a term I can hardly abide) or worse still “Background Music” (what is that?) these categories are an insult to her music and the genre she represents. She often selects material from classic eras (think: Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter) but Krall is never a poseur. She presents her own version that stands independently and solidly from the original but at the same time, it's clear that she has a deep respect for the music.(Actually,why not seek out the original versions yourself? It's interesting too if you are trying to get any kind of jazz collection going on).
You’ll find Krall’s voice is sultry, buttery rich and smoky. There’s a trademark silken rasp – sometimes painful, sometimes a whisper – but if you listen you’ll definitely hear it. ‘Sensual’ may have been overused to describe her style but you get the idea – she’s all about that sexy, breathy delivery but approaches it in an intelligent, unique phrasing all her own. Check out her “Very Best of Diana Krall” or “All for You – A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio.” It’s heady stuff. As an aside, she also has a really outstanding Christmas record (“Christmas Songs”) that would add instant sophistication to any gathering.
Check out the samples below and as always – drop by the Jazz forum and let me know what you think!
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