Only Trust Your Heart
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Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing. Universal. 2009.
Diana Krall, here with her first GRP album, expands on the delights that populated her 1992 debut, Stepping Out. Again, her talents are simply remarkable: she sings with feeling, emotion and nuance--she invests a lyric with believability--and plays marvellous piano, no matter the tempo. The programme pleases on so many levels: slip the disc into the player, hit any track at random and you'll be moved. Take the oh-so-slow, heartfelt groover "Squeeze Me", on which her alto is both breathy and demonstrative and her accompaniments are sly, and which features a winsome solo by bass maestro Ray Brown. On another gut-wrenching crawler, "All Night Long", Krall tears you up with her emotive, intimate vocal, interspersing her singing with telling, shimmering piano notes, then delivering a solo full of wry confidences. The succulent title track is a deliciously slow bossa where Krall's vocal is partly whispered, as if sung in your ear. More upbeat is the finger-popping "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby", where the artist sings with grit and life, then solos with an economical drive. Tenor saxophone giant Stanley Turrentine adds a trademark saucy improvisation. "I Love Being Here with You" is a romping shuffle where Krall's voice hits some notes on the head and stretches out others like toffee. "Broadway" is another vibrant outing that includes a singing, fat-noted solo from bassist Christian McBride and Lewis Nash's deft brush work. --Zan Stewart
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Still, one of my favorites cuts on the CD is saxless: the dreamy "All Night Long." Diana's lilting piano solo and sultriness interpret the plaintive mood of the piece perfectly.
Her three subsequent recordings are maybe a little more softened and refined. That's not at all a bad thing, but I tend to listen more to this CD, its predecessor, "Stepping Out" or the two recent killers "The Look of Love" and "Live in Paris." "Only Trust Your Heart," among all her recordings, is Diana at her most muscular, both vocally and instrumentally. Even on the slower pieces she reaches decibel levels more likely to be heard only in her concerts. Maybe it's Turrentine's influence. In any case, it's just nice to hear Diana prove that she can belt 'em out.
Like so many of Diana's albums, this one relies heavily on songs from the first half of the twentieth century, beginning with Louis Jordan's classic Is you or is you ain't my baby. Other classic songs featured here include Squeeze me (Duke Ellington) and two songs associated with Peggy Lee (I love being here with you, The folks who live on the hill). The only original is the closing bluesy instrumental, CRS craft.
This is a fine album that will particularly appeal to jazz aficionados. It may even expand the market as fans of Diana's later music learn to appreciate jazz. But some of those fans may not like this - if in doubt, listen to some of it before buying.
Only Trust Your Heart is her 2nd album.
And I love it for so many reasons.
One of them being that both Ray Brown & Christian McBride assist on the bass. Both very accomplished musicians at very different stages in their jazz careers.
Secondly, the sequencing of the songs are arranged so wonderfully. Fast paced, slow ballad, swinging jazz, sensual & so on. I am never bored. I never have to speed forward or backward any tracks.
After you buy all her CDs (& you probably will want to), you will itch to see her live in concert. It is there where she performs & adds so much to the music she has chosen to play since she started out. Of this CD, I have heard her play live: I Love Being Here With You (her usual concert opener) & she has sung I've Got The World On A String with Tony Bennett in their Two For The Road tour in 2000.
Every CD she's put out so far has varied styles & approaches - don't neglect to add this one to your collection.
Most recent customer reviews
What can I say? Diana is making me buy an entire album and this is the first time that I am buying albums as Christmas gifts. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003
...and you can tell she had some work to do on her lyrics, but regardless, there are some great tracks on here worth checking out if you're a Diana fan:
is you is... Read more
Recently I bought this CD after sampling it. The first track "Is you is or is you ain't my baby" is really terrific, my favorite, along with "Broadway". Read morePublished on July 22 2002
DK is a class act. This CD has material that follows more of the standard jazz genre; a definite must for a DK collection. Also saw her concert in L.A. in May. Read morePublished on May 27 2002 by SPQR_1999AD
Though an early album, I didn't come across this one until after owning When I Look In Your Eyes and The Look of Love. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2002 by Amazon Customer
First things first.Diana is incapable of releasing anything not top drawer. This is among her jazziest,with some sly bass lines and sax playing swinging right along. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2001 by Hans Castorp
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