2. Peel Me A Grape
3. Pick Yourself Up
4. Frim Fram Sauce
5. You Go To My Head
6. Let's Fall In Love
7. The Look Of Love
8. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)
9. I've Got You Under My Skin
10. All Or Nothing At All
11. Only The Lonely
12. Let's Face The Music And Dance
13. The Heart Of Saturday Night
14. Little Girl Blue
15. Fly Me To The Moon
1. Narrow Daylight
2. Let’s Face The Music And Dance
3. The Look of Love
5. Almost Blue
6. Abandoned Masquerade
7. Fly Me To The Moon
8. The Girl In The Other Room
9. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
Krall was probably destined to become a superstar,
as she’s a marvellous singer who also plays
the piano brilliantly (is it relevant that
she’s also a blue-eyed blonde?). Her voice
is enough of an attention-grabber, as she
sings perfectly in tune with a beautiful tone
which can be gently seductive as well as powerfully
expressive. And, like Nat "King"
Cole before her, she accompanies herself at
the piano with consummate skill and jazz feeling.
In fact most of us first heard her leading
a Nat Cole-style trio and even doing some
of his songs (like Frim Fram Sauce,
which is on this album).
get the "Very Best" of Diana Krall
onto one CD is a difficult task, especially
as the selection is not limited to the dozen
albums she has released. Three of the tracks
(5, 11 and 13) have not been issued before.
If you get the Deluxe Edition, there’s a bonus
DVD containing nine music videos and filmed
performances. If you want the complete package,
it will probably cost you about £6 more than
the CD alone.
CD consists mainly of jazz standards. All
but two of the tracks come from albums released
five years ago or more, suggesting that Diana’s
star may no longer be in the ascendant – or
at least that her most popular performances
were between the late nineties and early noughties.
I certainly regretted it when she moved from
the simplicity of the jazz trio to accompaniments
by big orchestras. I also regretted her apparent
move away from jazz after she started collaborating
with husband Elvis Costello. Narrow Daylight,
the first track on the DVD (co-written by
Krall and Costello), is nearer folk music
than jazz, although Diana imparts more jazz
feeling to the four other numbers on the DVD
that were written or co-written by Costello.
All five of them come from the 2004 album
The Girl in the Other Room.
DVD includes some "music videos",
which mean that Diana’s lovely voice is accompanied
by silly images. Let’s Face The Music And
Dance is illustrated with unsuitable pictures
of Diana looking rather grumpily at other
couples in love. The video of The Look
Of Love is gimmicky but pointless. The
DVD’s best tracks show Diana singing at the
piano, with Anthony Wilson on guitar, Christian
McBride on bass and Peter Erskine at the drums.
Fly me to The Moon has her accompanied
simply by bassist John Clayton (apparently
on a TV show) and What Are You Doing New
Year’s Eve is a touching studio performance
with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
music here is fine, but jazz fans may find
some of Diana Krall’s early work more accessible
than her recent recordings. There’s no doubt
about her vocal or instrumental ability: the
only question is what direction she takes
in future, and whether this will be better
or worse than her "Very Best".