28-May-2017

In 1997 jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall released an album of standards called Love Scenes on the prestigious label known as Impulse! It was a game-changer for the young musician, eager to showcase her great band featuring Russell Malone, guitar and Christian McBride, bass. The setting was simple, no strings or elaborate orchestral accompaniment. It was a record that captured the band at its peak a la Nat King Cole, back in the forties. Cole’s intimate singing created a kind of chamber jazz that was easy to listen to and could swing like crazy. For Krall, who toured festivals around the world with her own trio, it was a turning point in her career. She was on a major label and fully supported by producer Tommy LiPuma who encouraged Krall to feel every lyric and experiment with different tempos on a wide-ranging selection of songs about love. The 13...

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