With her sultry voice, great piano skills and a Grammy to add to her name, Diana Krall is the Modern-Day Queen of Jazz. She performs with elegance and a style that is so distinctively her very own. Her adeptness on the piano is very impressive. What makes her an extraordinary performer is her ability to sing and play at the same time, and excel in both. What a great talent! The credit also goes to Tommy LiPuma, Johnny Mandel, David Foster, Eddie Karam, Al Schmitt and all the equally talented jazz musicians: Russell Malone (guitar), John Clayton (bass), Jeff Hamilton (drums), Ben Wolfe (bass), Larry Bunker (vibes), Lewis Nash (drums), Pete Christlieb (sax), Alan Broadbent (piano - track #13), Chuck Berghoffer (bass). Congratulations for making this recording a tremendous success.
This CD covers a repertoire of unforgettable classic melodies by the most brilliant songwriters of yesterday and today such as, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Harry Warren/Al Dublin, and Ted Koehler/Harold Arlen. Likewise, Michael Franks and a budding songwriter Clint Eastwood, among many others.
My top favorite is "Let's Face The Music And Dance," which she delivers par excellence. With its Bossa Nova style and superb orchestration, it's the best interpretation I've ever heard. Other standouts are "I've Got You Under My Skin," "I'll String Along With You," "East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)," "Let's Fall In Love," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Pick Yourself Up," and of course "Popsicle Toes" (How can I not remember this song when I was a huge fan of Michael Franks in the eighties?) I have collected a number of his albums since "Art of Tea."
This CD is a treasure and the more you listen to it, the more enjoyable your listening experience will be.