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Heartdrops: Vince Benedetti Meets Diana Krall Import

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Heartdrops is the earliest known recording by Diana Krall. A must have for any fan of this incredible artist. She sings and plays piano on all titles.

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American born, but living in Switzerland since 1964, Vince Benedetti has worked with such luminaries as Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Dizzy Gillespie, and Stan Getz, besides leading his own ensembles. He discovered Diana Krall singing in a hotel bar in his adopted homeland in 1988. She joined his band for a European tour and this album was recorded in 1990. It never found release at the time, but Krall's subsequent success has now brought it to light. Seven Benedetti originals make it clear why the composer and pianist (not to mention trombonist as well) felt he'd found an ideal voice for his songs. With guitarist Martien Oster, bassist Christoph Sprenger, and drummer Alberto Canonico, Krall sails through them with a swooping vigor and confidence one associates with timeless standards. Two numbers are offered in alternate takes, purposely played shorter to encourage radio airplay. From saucy swagger to lilting balladry, this is a perfectly matched set of players and material. It's also an early look at a singer whose debut wasn't to appear until three years after these recordings were made. --David Greenberger
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 8, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: TCB -The Montreux Jazz Label
  • ASIN: B00008CLNB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's not often that the earliest available recording comes out after the most recent one. I'm glad this album is available because I simply can't get enough of the fabulous Ms. Krall. On the other hand, the early album is at a disadvantage in a review when its star has shown so brightly afterwards.
The recording is quality jazz fare in my view. I was surprised by the exceptional quality of the musicianship. I mean Benedetti was a cab driver at the time. And even at this early point in her career, Diana possesses an instrumental and vocal mastery. But I wonder if I'd heard this CD first if I'd taken much notice. I can't say either way --I've only had it a week.
I think the main difference between this and her later work is Diana's choice of songs. Her subsequent recordings were of maybe a more interesting collection of writings. On the other hand this is the only recording I've heard where Diana shares the vocals, harmonizing here with guitarist Martien Oster. That alone is worth checking out. And though I adore her trademark solo vocals, this union works nicely.
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I'll admit I was skeptical about this "found" recording. I put off purchasing it for a long time even though it kept being 'suggested' by 'others who bought this CD also bought so-and-so'. Know what I mean? I wasn't sure what to expect--usually an unknown artist uses these types of sessions to slowly, methodically perfect their already god-given talents, knowing that the recording probably won't ever get a release date. Not in this case--the perfection was already there, recognized by Mr. Benedetti (rightly so) and captured in a sizzling studio session. Ms. Krall's voice is sparkling, not overproduced or overpowered by any other instrument or the occasional harmonies with another musician. Her piano playing is phenomenal, giving clues that the future was going to be bright for her.
This CD completes my library of Ms. Krall's work. I rate it with her latest release "Live in Paris" as tied for first, with all other releases tied for second (with the exception of the lushly overproduced "The Look of Love"- third place). If you've never bought a Diana Krall CD I wouldn't recommend buying this one first--you might be put off by the choice of material, as most selections are not 'mainstream'. I might suggest "Steppin' Out" or "All for You" as an introduction to Ms. Krall. "Live in Paris" should then be picked up--as I feel that this is when Ms. Krall is at her best - live. "Heartdrops" has that 'live' feeling to it, with the only criticism being that I wish there was more piano playing from Ms. Krall. The group is tight--it would be interesting to see what would result from all of them stepping into the studio today and recording some little known jazz tunes. Hmmm...
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This is it, the CD that was rumored and is now a reality. "HEARTDROPS" is the first known recording by the incredible DIANA KRALL. Recorded before the rest of the world had discovered her, this CD shows an incredible talent waiting to be recognized. The phrasing and playing is flawless and the style of writing is a perfect match for her special gifts. This CD is a must have for all Diana Krall fans. The songs, all sung by Ms. Krall, are nothing short of FANTASTIC!... It has not left my CD player..
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When a commercially succesful artist with an impressive discography suddenly releases an album with little fanfare on a small label it is usually a situation of 'buyer beware'. This is especially the case, when you see words like "the lost tapes" or "before they were famous". Usually with recordings like this you'll listen to it once or twice, remark that it lends a historically interesting viewpoint of the artist's career and then probably never listen to it again. Well "heartdrops: vince benedetti meets diana krall" is a good exception to that rule.I absolutely love this CD and have been playing it a lot lately. According to the liner notes, in 1988 jazz musician/cab driver, Benedetti met a young unknown, Diana Krall, who at the time was a solo act at a Zurich hotel. They clicked and she joined him and his band for a concert tour and a recording session. Well thank you Mr. Benedetti for getting this CD released! It is a swinging CD which is equal parts light jazz and blues. Diana's voice sounds great and the band really cooks. At first this CD will throw you for a curve, because it is so different from Miss Krall's usual mix of classic pop/jazz. It is rather interesting to hear, because Diana is in a different musical setting.Rather than being a solo artist, who is front and center in the mix, this is more of a group effort. Many times Diana is harmonizing with guitarist, Martin Oster and the effect is really nice.Instead of her usual jazz stylings of classic pop (Gershwin, Arlen, Bacrach etc.) we get the jazz tunes of Benedetti, Isla Eckinger and Harold Vick. The music is light and lively though hardly anything revolutionary. But it does get your toes tapping and it shows off the considerable talents of Diana and the band.Read more ›
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