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Not a good outing, even in Brazil. .. .,
This review is from: Quiet Nights (Audio CD)
My record collection is blessed with great Brazilian jazz and bossa nova. From Stan Getz to Antonio Carlos Jobim's Wave to Eliane Elias. It's a tough genre to pull off - to give it that cool, breezy, laid-back, I-wish-I-had-another-Mojito kind of feeling. If done well, the listener is transported to a gorgeous beach with beautiful women and cool mist of ocean spray, spawned by the hip grooves of quiet sophistication. If done poorly, the listener is pushed headfirst into the nearest elevator. I'm still punching the numbers looking for a more exciting floor . . .uh . . . I mean tune. Krall no longer seems to revel in the music. Instead, I get a sense she fell in line behind Tony LiPuma and headed to the studio with a few chords and one-too-many string programs. We witnessed Miles Davis fall from Kind of Blue to struggling through Cindy Lauper tunes late in his career. Krall seems to be on a similar fall from greatness. Let us hope and pray she finds her mark again. This ain't it. Save your money and pick up Eliane Elias "Sings Jobim."
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Initial post: Apr 7, 2009 11:52:41 AM PDT
Javier Dominguez says:
FYI: Mojitos are from Cuba. Now, Caipirinha is from Brazil ... ;-)
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2009 3:52:53 AM PDT
Posted on May 3, 2009 6:46:01 PM PDT
Brazilian music isn't about laid-back and cool. That's sometimes a by-product but it's not the goal. The music is about the integrity of the rhythm and where the singer puts the emphasis.
Posted on May 24, 2009 8:56:48 AM PDT
to javier and and bil, wot's wrong with ordering a mojito while listening to brazilian jazz? he never mentioned mojitos are from brazil, just as a choice of drink. its silly that i am even responding to you two retards who want to dismantle a review over something trivial.
This reviewer has done a bang-up job in assessing this album. I am a diana krall fan myself and was eagerly looking forward to this record, but was quite disappointed with this release.
Posted on Mar 28, 2011 10:32:53 AM PDT
When did Johnny Mercer, Sammy Kahn, Rogers and Hart, and Lerner and Lowe become Brazilian? There are maybe three Brazilian songs on the album, and of course they are not the highlights. Did you really have high expectations for "The Boy from Ipanema?" C'mon.
Krall does her usual job of milking every syllable for the maximum in breathy sexuality. That has been her one trick for her whole career. It has grown a little thin: she has not done these songs before but several sound eerily familiar anyway.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2011 3:22:04 PM PDT
T. Crawford says:
Amen to the elevator buttons, mikesuej....this is way overproduced even for elevator music!....the likes of Lipuma and a "Let's throw together some strings, put Diana on the cover in a coy pose, and see if we can't sell a bunch of records based on her previous reputation..." : Disappointing all the way through and through.
Posted on Feb 14, 2014 9:16:35 AM PST
Darryl Woodson says:
This CD looked perfect for me. I love Diana Krall and I have all her albums. I love Bossa and all of the songs on this CD and I have many great versions of them on others but this is the only CD of hers I returned. I was very disappointed. It's hard for me to ID an exact reason. She just sounded disinterested and "Talking" her way through a lot of the numbers with no real conviction (Soul?). All the songs were the same tempo with no variety or sense of fun. I agree with the above reviewer that Elaine Elias put out a wonderful CD "Bossa Nova Stories" that is far better than "Quiet Nights". I now have Elaine's CD and am very happy.Bossa Nova Stories
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