Diana Krall - Live in Paris
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Recorded live at the Paris Olympia on December 1, 2001, Krall's classic style blends equal parts artistic vision, hard work and determination. The British Columbia native began playing piano at the age of four and now has five stunning albums behind her. She made her debut with the critically acclaimed Only Trust Your Heart and the album topped the Billboard jazz charts for the most of 1998, earning Krall a Grammy nomination. She went on to win a Best Jazz Vocal Performance Grammy for 1999's platinum-selling When I Look in Your Eyes and became the first jazz artist in 25 years to be nominated in the Album of the Year category.
Does it get any better than this? Canadian torch singer and pianist Diana Krall is in perfect form in this two-hour Paris concert, recorded in December 2001 shortly after the release of her CD The Look of Love. In her band, guitarist Anthony Wilson and bassist John Clayton get the lion's share of attention, but the entire ensemble (including lush strings from the Paris Symphony Orchestra) provides flawless support for Krall, whose skill on a Steinway is as impressive as her smoky interpretations of vintage standards and ballads. Inspired by guest conductor-arranger Claus Ogerman, Krall can surprise with subtleties (like a delicious hint of the Beatles' "Day Tripper" in her closing of "All or Nothing"), or glide into solos with a master's flair. Matching the music beat for beat, the camera coverage and editing are intimate without being obtrusive, making this a bit of jazz heaven here on earth. --Jeff Shannon
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$64.49 listing that Amazon wants for a new one. The camera work is about as good as could be, in my opinion. I especially like the close-ups of
her hands as she tinkles the ivories.
The sound is superb. Just listening with TV is amazing --- I can only imagine with an audiophile home system.
The supporting cast is very impressive. Anthony Wilson on guitar gets several extended solos, and he is excellent. In fact, the concert would have been remarkable if the lineup had only included Diana, guitar, bass, and drums. But we get an extra guitar, percussion, strings, and brass.
Some of the songs get the gentle bossa influence that they have on CD. One of these is I've Got You Under My Skin. Hers may be my favorite
version of one of my favorite songs. She does a beautiful rendition of another favorite, Cry Me a River.
Pace is handled well in the show, with a mix of upbeat numbers and lush, romantic slower numbers. Maybe You'll Be There is one of the more
moving of the latter. On the other end of the spectrum are swinging numbers like Deed I Do, an energetic and joyous romp. Let's Fall in Love and
'S Wonderful are also highlights.
As other reviewers have mentioned, Diana comes out alone for one last song. The audience is at her command by now, and she delivers an
astounding version of Joni Mitchell's A Case of You, a perfect ending for the show.
The DVD tracks not included on the CD are: "All or Nothing At All," "Cry Me a River," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "Pick Yourself Up," "Love Letters," "I Don't Know Enough About You," and "Do It Again" (not the Steely Dan hit or The Beach Boys song).
The DVD also features music videos for "The Look of Love" and "Let's Face the Music and Dance," and rehearsal footage of "Do It Again," "The Look of Love," and "Love Letters."
Diana Krall is an amazing performer. I just saw her live at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA, on June 21, and despite the excessive heat that night, she not only survived, but thrived.
This DVD is highly recommended, and so is the CD.
I think my favorite is Bacharach's "The Look of Love" and this is performed live and included in a music video in the extras.
Looks and sounds pristine (any chance for a Blu-ray version for us?)
You will love this DVD - everyone that came over during the holidays commented how much they liked this concert!