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Diana Krall: Live in Rio
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2009
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If you love the latin beat and love Antonio Carlos Jobim, then you will love Diana Krall's very jazzy interpretation of this wonderful music! Her soft, sexy voice mingles with her excellent talents as a jazz piano artist in front of a live, very appreciative audience in Rio. Diana's bossa nova style gives a jazzy new twist to many old classics. However, Krall gets her greatest applause when she sings Jobim's Quiet Nights and The Boy From Ipanema, as well as Este Seu Olhar with the audience joining her in singing this beautiful song. If you want to spend 135 minutes of pure joy, buy this great DVD. I also have the CD and enjoy the soft sounds of Krall while driving along the highways and byways. Sooo soothing! Muy Bueno!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2009
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Being an senior I knew the words to almost all of
the song on the album...The songs bring back memories
from my teens and to retirement..Diana is a masster at the piano
and her personal style of singing outstanding...The allbum
is long but relaxing....You will getmoneys worth.

I also bought Quiet Nights. Good latin beat...The musicians
who accompany Diana are also First rate....The follow
up visit with her and friends reveals a side of Diana
you will not get with most Video DVD's

If you like JAZZ stylings with an orchestra this is it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2010
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The show it's very good and very emotive.

The video quality in some scenes lack the quality Blu-ray promise, but the overall quality it's very good.

The extras are very complete.

I recommend it!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Urgency, drama, poignancy--all of which I hear in the Sinatra/Jobim bossa nova recordings (two albums plus a television special)--are replaced in this set by color, casualness, even a touch of "home-iness" (several singalongs). Of course, the latter are all illusions, as Krall is one of the best prepared, most tightly rehearsed, perfectionist artists in the business. Her piano chops are fine-honed to to the point of virtual flawlessness, if at the expense of some excitement and spontaneity. She'll never be a "stand-up vocalist," but she has worked hard enough on that facet of her talent to be one of the more compelling (though hardly virtuosic) voices in the music today. Perhaps Diana herself wishes to be taken less seriously as a vocalist than as a pianist--how else to explain her crossing her legs while singing a couple of the numbers?

Perhaps her most noteworthy achievement on this date is to make it all seem so relaxed, so easy, so natural (the "just-got-up," careless fall of the hair, the sleepy eyes, the intimate rapport with the audience--all this on a concert stage while surrounded by a hundred musicians or so--it's the mark of a supreme actress who knows how to play equally to the camera and the crowd but also the signature of a performer sufficiently talented to exude this much confidence.

By contrast, her steadfast team of Hamilton and Clayton look, if anything, somewhat nonplussed alongside Diana (though Clayton does his best to provide an ingratiating smile). Perhaps what I'm seeing is what happens to all of us after age 50 (I can recall few drummers who projected a more commanding presence than Jeff Hamilton driving the Woody Herman Herd). No doubt Buddy Rich and Ray Brown were the exceptions--both seemed to register increasing confidence and unflappable supremacy with each passing year.

Guitarist Anthony Wilson, as the only other melodic voice of note, is especially key to the "jazz" interest of the group, though his rapidly ascending patterns occasionally get lost in the translation. Hand-drummer, Paulhino Da Costa, is gracefully balletic to look at, though his sonic contributions, at least on my system, are often hard to pick up. The orchestrations are worlds apart from a Nelson Riddle or Johnny Mandell but at least manage to avoid sounding intrusive or schmaltzy.

The only "life" in the proceedings occurs with the introduction of the Nat Cole Trio numbers. A couple of misfires, at least to my ears' perception, are "Too Marvelous for Words" (Johnny Mercer certainly had nothing in mind like this soporific version, which is tantamount to replacing love-struck wonder and speechlessness with a sentiment more like "words require too much effort to express your attractiveness") and "Walk On By" (which, with its repetitious and constricted melody combined with a deadpan delivery, sounds stolid--even a bit like martial music--"March on By"?).

Nonetheless, this is undeniably highly listenable, pleasant music. More questionable is whether it's worth the expense of time, attention, and cost of a Blu-ray edition. Despite the lovely interspersed shots of Brazilian life, there's not much to look at--unless you can't get your fill of Ms. Krall's admittedly handsome features. Moreover, the hi-definition is, at best, inconsistent. As mentioned, the audio is less than stellar, and the available light shots of the audience in the dark auditorium are mostly all grain (visual "noise" photographers call it). The cutting (from shot to shot) ranges from curious to disorienting (at a couple of points making the featured performer look like she's doing a ventriloquist act when the words suddenly show no synchronization with lip movement). Better to pick up the CD and let your mindscreen provide the pictures. (Tip: Don't overlook the "bonus" tracks shot in a hotel lounge with just vocal, guitar, and Hamilton playing brushes on his lap--in many respects, it's more satisfying than the big show.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2009
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The performance is pure marvelous. Oddly the DVD is selective on what machines it will play. Some yield picture but no sound.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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"I was inspired to sing Bossa Nova by a lot of great artists that you all know and love. And singing Standards with Bossa Nova is something that's kind of fun. So it sticks on. I learned from Frank Sinatra, but I was inspired by Bossa Nova that I've heard growing up." ~ Diana Krall to her audience before performing "Too Marvelous For Words" ~

"Live In Rio" is Diana Krall's tribute to a musical marriage of Standards and Bossa Nova. This recorded live concert in Rio de Janeiro is, to date, the most elegant of all her concerts. The jazz diva with her band, conductor and musicians are all attired appropriately in keeping up with the show's ambiance. (I like her gorgeous belted black dress and that elegant pair of black open-toe high heels. Her band and conductor look dapper in their formal suits).

This well-presented concert is a showcase of her versatility as a total performer. The Grammy-award-winning artist can do Standards with charming Bossa Nova charts in her own inimitable style and do justice to the music. She can do swing numbers with ease and verve. Her piano playing is consistently flawless even when she does single-line-technique that is so typical of Bossa Nova arrangements. Once again, Claus Ogerman lends his wealth of experience in arranging the material for the concert with the able support of Ruria Duprat who conducts the Rio de Janeiro Orchestra.

On the opening number, "I Love Being Here With You," she swings and jams with her band members who display amazing talents in their respective instruments. John Clayton is a picture of a cool bassist who plays confidently and effortless. In my book of jazz, he is the successor to Ray Brown's crown as the greatest bass player in the history of jazz. Jeff Hamilton is a dandy drummer who plays in the tradition of Louie Bellson's style while Anthony Wilson is an expressive guitarist who can do amazing riffs that makes him as striking as Wes Montgomery. Paulinho da Costa is a terrific percussionist who plays like no other. He is very much at home playing at his native soil. Downbeat Magazine named him "one of the most talented percussionists of our time" while Los Angeles Times described him "a virtuoso on percussion."

The repertoire is not entirely Bossa Nova staples but mixed with some of the greatest songs from Great American Songbook performed either in a beautiful setting such as "Let's Face The Music And Dance" and one of the encores, "'S Wonderful" or in a refreshing swinging fashion like the finale "I Don't Know Enough About You," and "Cheek To Cheek."

"So Nice," "Este Seu Olhar," "The Boy From Ipanema" and "Quiet Nights" are obviously the favorite candies of the responsive audience. They welcome these numbers enthusiastically as they sing along and give resounding applause before and after each performance.

With this DVD, you will experience a charming musical adventure while enjoying the scenic video clips of an enchanting city and the birthplace of Bossa Nova. Additionally, it has some bonus features that the viewers will find especially interesting.

The following are some quotes that I have transcribed from the singer herself, her band members and her producer on "Quiet Nights."

"I'm not comparing Bossa Nova to opera, but I'm comparing it to a very passionate, sensual art form. It's different from opera, but when you go to the opera, you really don't need to know exactly what they're talking about -- you feel it. And I think that's what I feel when I listen to Bossa Nova and when I listen to Joao Gilberto or Tom Jobim. It's the feeling." ~ Diana Krall ~

"Bossa Nova is more like a whisper than a scream. And I feel that Diana is always that way in music. Her voice always holds just something a little back and she allows some space to be there." ~ Anthony Wilson ~

"Not only Diana Krall's voice is right for singing Bossa Nova, but also her piano playing. It's an extension of her singing. Her singing is very sensitive and very sexy, which, of course, the Bossa Nova suggests. She really puts on the Bossa Nova style pianistically as opposed to the other kind of piano playing that she can do -- very full and two-fisted and not appropriate for what the Bossa Nova suggests." ~ John Clayton ~

"Diana Krall was a piano student at a jazz camp when I first met her. I was working with Ray Brown at that time. I introduced her to Ray and told him that she's a great piano player on the rise. She was hungry for the music, which we always look for in students. She was naturally talented in terms of her groove and sound on the piano and her soloing was already at a pretty high level for her age." ~ Jeff Hamilton ~

"In the album 'Quiet Nights,' there's this certain sense of maturity in Diana Krall that I noticed and she's probably unaware of. It's not that she reminds me of Peggy Lee. It's just that Peggy Lee, in the '50s and '60s, had a certain sense of maturity that happened to her at that point. And the vocals on that album -- they're just spectacular." ~ Tommy LiPuma ~

Like "Quiet Nights," this concert is not for ordinary music fans and viewers. In order to enjoy it, you should truly appreciate the musical marriage of Standards and Bossa Nova that is executed in utter elegance and sheer beauty.

I'm just about ready for my second viewing, are you?
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2009
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I have the "Live in Paris" DVD, well authored with DTS sound (lossy) and very good standard definition video. It is one of my favorites. So, I was thrilled to see a Diana Krall performance on BluRay expecting outstanding video and lossless HD audio from the format. I was disappointed.

But why?

It is interesting that she confesses to her Rio audience that she was introduced to Nat King Cole vocals when she was 15 years of age, a jazz pianist but "not yet singing". She seemed tired. Maybe it was the end of the tour. Maybe the lossless audio exposed Diana Krall's lack of vocal range.

Maybe I found the noisy video, particularly when panning the audience, off-putting. A bright spot her, however, the street scenes of Rio interspersed with the concert video were much better than the street scenes on the Live in Paris disc. The latter seemed to have been shot with a vintage 8mm camera.

Maybe I was dissatisfied with how the Rio Orchestra paled by comparison to the Paris Orchestra.

Or, maybe, aside from a slight change in the play-list--The BOY from Ipanema; what's that about?--the entire production seemed like the sequel to a very good movie. Here, nothing was fresh.

In summary, let me paraphrase dialogue from Casablanca, "We'll always have Paris". ***
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Everything (performance, repertoire, camera work, sound (by Al!), etc.) here is predictable-Ms. Krall needs a new concept/gimmick. But, it is obvious that she still looks hot (esp. on HD)! I noticed that her singing is somewhat E. Costelloesque sometimes. I wonder if Elvis would help her come out with more original materials? Sing duet in her (his) future releases? Buy this and (you may) drop the Paris and Montreal dvds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2010
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This will be a very short and to the point review. Diana Krall: Live In Rio is far and away the best concert video I have ever had the pleasure to view. Sound quality and mix are superb to say the least. Editing and picture quality are imaginative and flawless. What a pleasure to see this quietly stunning talent brought into your home as if you were there to witness this entertaining and timeless concert. Ken K.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The Blu-Ray edition of this concert has some of the worst quality video I've ever seen in a hi-def recording. The stage lighting is horrible and there's tons of video noise everywhere, from the stage backdrop to the audience shots. The sound mix is OK, but not nearly as good as on her Live In Paris DVD. And as far as her performance goes... what can I say, but, we'll always have Paris. I mean, any Diana Krall is better than none, but frankly she's lost some of the spark she showed on the Paris disk. The performance is decidedly lower energy and just doesn't grab me. And I'm not convinced that the soft, breathy singing style she used on her recent "Quiet Nights" CD, and uses again here, quite works. She seems like she's trying to channel Astrud Gilberto and I'm sorry, but it's just not her.

However, this release has one saving grace in the extras. They've included a camcorder video of an impromptu session in the hotel rooftop lounge with Diana and a couple of her sidemen kicking back on sofas and just having fun jamming. It's quite wonderful and almost makes up for the lackluster concert.
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