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Diana Krall
(photo by Bruce Weber)

There are some unspoken rules in the jazz world. Rules that say acoustic-oriented jazz musicians are not supposed to have platinum and gold albums or sell out large auditoriums night after night. Rules that straight-ahead jazz releases are not supposed to reach the top of Billboard's pop charts. Rules that jazz artists shouldn't expect to receive standing ovations at Lilith Fair or compete with Santana, TLC, the Backstreet Boys, and the Dixie Chicks in a GRAMMY® category.

For the past ten years, someone has been breaking these rules and demonstrating that a jazz musician can, in fact, enjoy mass appeal without sacrificing her jazz foundation. Her name is Diana Krall. Not only has the Canadian singer/acoustic pianist become the top-selling artist on the Verve roster-she has become jazz's top selling vocalist, period. She is a crossover phenomenon who has remained faithful to her bop and swing roots.

After making a name for herself with studio recordings, Krall takes another step forward with Live in Paris, her first concert album. Produced by the GRAMMY®-winning team of Verve Music Group Chairman Tommy LiPuma with engineer and long-time collaborator Al Schmitt, Live in Paris contains highlights of Krall's concerts at the Paris Olympia in late November and early December 2001.

Krall leads a cohesive, intuitive group that includes bassist John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton, and guitarist Anthony Wilson. On some of the selections, she is also joined by John Pisano (who is heard on acoustic guitar) and Brazilian percussionist Paulinho Da Costa (who has played on literally hundreds of albums, backing everyone from Michael Jackson and Madonna to Gato Barbieri). Alan Broadbent serves as music director/conductor for The Orchestra Symphonies European performances, and though Broadbent is an expressive bop/post bop pianist, all of the piano playing is handled by Krall herself. Krall explains: "My favorite singers have all played piano: Dinah Washington, Roberta Flack, Shirley Horn, Andy Bey, Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughan, and especially Carmen McRae. She has really been important to me and is one of my biggest influences. And Nat 'King' Cole was the ultimate."

Live in Paris illustrates the diversity of Krall's repertoire. Krall not only has an extensive knowledge of the great Tin Pan Alley standards of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s-she is also well versed in songs from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Krall shows her love of Tin Pan Alley on swinging performances of Harold Arlen's "Let's Fall in Love," Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin," and George & Ira Gershwin's "'S'Wonderful," but she also brings her interpretive powers to singer Bob Dorough's 1950s bop classic "Devil May Care," Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" and the Burt Bacharach/Hal David favorite "The Look of Love." Krall picks two songs that are closely identified with Peggy Lee-"Deed I Do" and "I Love Being Here with You"-as well as Bart Howard's "Fly Me to the Moon," which was made famous by Frank Sinatra.

The only track that isn't from her Paris Olympia concerts is a studio recording of Billy Joel's 1977 hit "Just the Way You Are," which Krall recorded for the soundtrack to the film The Guru. On this track, she is joined by Anthony Wilson as well as tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, bassist Christian McBride (with whom she has often worked in the past), drummer Lewis Nash, and percussionist Luis Quintero.

Born in Nanaimo, British Columbia (not far from Vancouver), Krall grew up in the western part of Canada and began studying the piano when she was only four. Krall was raised on jazz, and by the time she was 15, she was performing standards in a local restaurant/bar. One person who did a lot to encourage her interest in jazz was her father, a stride pianist who had a vast knowledge of 1920s and 1930s pianists like Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, and Earl "Fatha" Hines. Krall recalls: "I think Dad had every recording Fats Waller ever made, and I tried to learn them all."

Krall was still a teenager when she was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. After two years in Boston, she moved to Los Angeles, where she met some jazz heavyweights, including John Clayton, pianist/singer Jimmy Rowles, and the late bassist Ray Brown (who gave her a great deal of encouragement and ended up playing on some of her 1990s albums). Krall had been in LA for three years when she moved to Toronto, and it was a Canadian label that gave the singer/pianist her first chance to record. In 1993, the Montreal-based Justin Time Records released Krall's debut album, Stepping Out. But Krall, who now lives in New York, didn't stay with Justin Time very long. In 1994, she signed with GRP and recorded Only Trust Your Heart, which boasted Ray Brown on bass and Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone and marked the beginning of her association with Tommy LiPuma (who has worked with everyone from Barbra Streisand to Natalie Cole to George Benson). After producing Only Trust Your Heart, LiPuma produced several more Krall albums for GRP, Impulse!, and Verve, including All for You: A Dedication to the Nat "King" Cole Trio in 1995, Love Scenes in 1997, When I Look In Your Eyes in 1998, and The Look of Love in 2001. LiPuma observes: "That was the first time I had produced that many albums in a row for any artist. Diana and I have such a good chemistry between us-it makes it easy. When one of us makes a suggestion, the other listens in earnest. We have tremendous respect for one another."

As the 1990s progressed, Krall grew increasingly popular. Only Trust Your Heart, All for You and Love Scenes were all respectable sellers, but the album that put Krall over the top commercially was When I Look in Your Eyes. In 1998 and 1999, the success that When I Look in Your Eyes enjoyed was astounding. In addition to spending 52 weeks in the #1 position on Billboard's jazz chart, the album won GRAMMYs® in two categories: Best Jazz Vocal Performance and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Plus, When I Look in Your Eyes received a GRAMMY® nomination in the Album of the Year category-a category that found her competing with the likes of Santana, the Backstreet Boys, the Dixie Chicks, and TLC. Needless to say, it isn't every day that an acoustic-oriented jazz improviser finds herself competing with major rock, country, urban, and teen-pop stars in a GRAMMY® category.

Nor is it every day that a jazz improviser becomes a major attraction at the Lilith Fair festival, which was founded by singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan and has tended to spotlight female pop-rock and pop artists. But in 1998, Krall had no problem winning over a young, predominantly female audience that was more likely to be into Sheryl Crow or Alanis Morissette than Abbey Lincoln or Chris Connor. When I Look in Your Eyes went platinum in the United States (where it sold over one million units), double platinum in Canada, platinum in Portugal, and gold in France. And in 2000, it won a Canadian Juno Award for Best Vocal Jazz Album. Although When I Look in Your Eyes was an extremely tough act to follow, Krall's next album, The Look of Love, has also been an impressive seller. When The Look of Love was released in September 2001, it entered the Billboard 200 at #9 and sold 95,000 copies in the U.S. alone its first week. In addition to going quadruple platinum in Canada and platinum in Australia, New Zealand, Poland, and Portugal, The Look of Love has gone gold in France, Singapore, and England. At Canada's Juno Awards, The Look of Love was a winner in three categories: Best Artist, Best Album, and Best Vocal Jazz Album. A lush collection of ballads and bossa nova, The Look of Love was arranged by Germany's famous Claus Ogerman and found Krall being backed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Recalling the sessions for that project, Krall asserts: "I was so creatively pumped. We recorded so many tunes; I wish we could have released a double record. The Look of Love was my dream come true." With The Look of Love and When I Look in Your Eyes still riding high, Krall continues to sell out large auditoriums all over the world. And Live in Paris is a gift to the legion of fans who have faithfully brought her CDs and attended her sold-out concerts.

"The thing about Diana is her musicianship," Al Schmitt said of the platinum-selling singer/pianist in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "More than most singers, she knows what's right for her, and she knows how to make it happen musically."
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Diana Krall When I Look in Your Eyes

release date 6/8/1999
Verve Records
This platinum selling album marks Diana's first break from the piano trio and includes several tracks backed with beautiful orchestrations arranged by Johnny Mandel. When I Look in You Eyes also features some of Diana's best know recordings including "Let's Face The Music and Dance" and "I've Got You Under my Skin"

Diana Krall Steppin' Out

CD (February 22, 2000)
Original Release Date: 1993
Label: Justin Time Records

Diana Krall The Look of Love

Catalog #3145498462
compact disc, cassette, SACD
release date 9/18/2001
Verve Records
From the luxurious opening chords of the first track, even before Diana Krall has sung a single beautiful note, her new Verve release-The Look of Love-has us hooked. After winning a Best Jazz Vocal Performance GRAMMY® for 1999's platinum-selling When I Look in Your Eyes, Diana Krall delivers her best album yet-a lush, cinematic collection of ballads and bossa nova tunes. Produced by Verve Music Group Chairman Tommy LiPuma, and featuring the London Symphony Orchestra arranged and conducted by the legendary Claus Ogerman, The Look of Love brings to mind such classic Frank Sinatra albums as In the Wee Small Hours and Only The Lonely. But the elegant piano solos, the sensual vocals, and the wickedly modern sense of humor are, inimitably, all Krall.
Produced by Tommy LiPuma

Diana Krall The Girl In The Other Room

CD (April 27, 2004)
Reviewer: Stefani Ehman from Turlock, CA United States
I was so amazed when I found out that Diana's new album was going to be mostly originals. She gave us all a hint with her addition of "Charmed Life" to The Look of Love that she had writing ability...
With the help of her husband, she has formed new ground with this album. I just listened to it all day at work and this has to be the most personal album she has ever made. If you're looking for the usual jazz standards, exquisite instrumentation, lavish strings...it's not here. Instead her heart is drenched in every song and every note. Her piano playing is reminiscent of her live performances...but the album itself is like sitting in a warm room with her and listening to her play just for you....buy this now

Reviewer: brad from Silver Spring, MD United States
This album is all about transitions. The death of Diana's mother as well as her long term mentor RoseMary Clooney inform these songs with a passionate soulfulness that strikes deep. Elvis and Diana are a tremedous pair. Diana has done stellar work.

The Girl in the Other Room is a major leap forward. 

Diana Krall Only Trust Your Heart

Catalog #GRD9810
compact disc
release date 2/14/1995
GRP Records
Only Trust Your Heart is Diana's critically acclaimed debut on the GRP label and marks her first collaboration with GRAMMY-winning producer Tommy LiPuma.

(from the liner notes) Diana Krall recalls her first conversation with the great composer/arranger, Johnny Mandel, she told him that she was both a singer and a pianist. Mr. Mandel replied, "Oh, so you're a hyphenate! Are you a singer-pianist or a painist-singer?" Diana the singer needs Diana the pianist as an accompianist; but Diana the pianist wants to play. And they're both...I mean, she's both...that is, Diana Krall is an extraordinary new artist whether singing or plating or...both!

Recorded September 13-16. 1994 at Power Station, NYC
Recorded and mixed by Al Schmitt
Assistant Engineers: Rich Lamb & Scott Austin
Mastered by Doug Sax & Gavin Lurssen at The Mastering Lab, Hollywood, CA
Diana Krall Vocal, Piano
Ray Brown Bass
Christian McBride Bass
Lewis Nash Drums
Stanley Turrentine Tenor Saxophone
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Al Schmitt Engineer

Diana Krall All For You

Catalog #IMPD182
compact disc, cassette
release date 3/12/1996
Impulse! Records
All For You is Diana Krall's moving tribute to the great Nat King Cole.

Diana Krall Love Scenes

Catalog #IMPD233
compact disc, cassette
release date 8/26/1997
Impulse! Records
When my producer, Tommy LiPuma, and I were deciding on the songs for my newest CD, it never occurred to me that the songs we ultimately chose would be all about love. I selected songs that I personally liked, and that had a special meaning for me. However, as is often the case during the creative process, a connection among the songs just seemed to organically appear. The songs are indeed about romance. But to me there is a broader and more personal attachment to each of the songs than the standard definition of romantic love might imply. I think that these songs represent the strength of love, including the love of family and friends. But rather than describing my own thoughts about each song, it is my hope that all of you who listen to the music and read the lyrics will discover and imagine your own personal "love scenes" among the mountains, oceans, rain and gardens of these songs.

- Diana Krall

Diana Krall Live in Paris

Catalog #4400651094
compact disc, cassette
release date 10/1/2002
Verve Records
The first-ever live concert recording from GRAMMY®-winning vocalist/pianist Diana Krall was Recorded at the Paris Olympia Theatre last winter. Here finally, captured in amazing audio quality, is an album showcasing the magic of Krall’s concert performances.

Diana Krall Temptation

CD (March 16, 2004)
Original Release Date March 16, 2004
Label:Verve

Reviewer: milescoltrane from New York, NY USA
this is hands down the absolute best I've ever heard from Diana Krall - the track Temptation is amazing. the arrangement and musicianship impeccable...but Diana - the most sensual treatment I've heard from her to date....this is a 2 track tease for the new album i guess and they got me hooked!