Diana Krall: Live In Paris

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Diana Krall: Live In Paris

Diana Krall

Live In Paris

Label: ORG
Media: LP
Genre: Jazz

For well over a decade, Diana Krall, the leggy, blonde, telegenic singer/pianist, has effectively deployed her engaging pop-sweetened-jazz style and consistently hit the crossover sweet spot. And like Dusty Springfield decades before, Krall achieved audiophile pinup status when she covered “The Look of Love,” a track that boosted her 2001 set, Live in Paris, into platinum territory. Recorded at the Paris Olympia in late 2001, it’s a collection of comfort-food standards that spans Gershwin’s “S’Wonderful,” and Porter’s “Let’s Fall in Love,” to pop classics like Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” and Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are.” Krall is an expressive interpreter who connects without over-singing and lets her smooth piano excursions do the talking. Her crack trio of Anthony Wilson, guitar, John Clayton, bass, and Jeff Hamilton, drums, offers rock-solid backup. For her efforts Krall received her second Grammy for Best Vocal Jazz Record. The recording, engineered by legend Al Schmitt, sounded good on CD. But ORG’s stellar two-disc, 180-gram vinyl reissue, remastered by Bernie Grundman, trumps it. Surfaces are dead quiet, and the LP is lighter on its feet, more layered, airier, finer grained, and more transparent. Live in Paris is a great addition to a choice LP collection. 

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  • primary artist, Diana Krall
  • LP

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