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Diana Krall, 'Quiet Nights'

March 30, 2009
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Jazz
Diana Krall Quiet Nights
Verve
ESSENTIAL "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face"
Diana Krall plays the Bank of America Pavilion June 13.

The line between dreamy and sleepy is a fine one, and many jazz singers have fallen on the wrong side of it when attempting bossa nova. Diana Krall, however, negotiates it skillfully on "Quiet Nights," her first album of all bossas. It probably has a lot to do with her honeyed voice, her laid-back delivery, and her experience - she has 11 albums and 15 years of recording under her belt. Here she's backed by guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton, percussionist Paulinho Da Costa, and her own piano playing, plus an orchestra conducted by Claus Ogerman. Krall's voice shimmers on 10 familiar tunes - some written as bossa novas, some rearranged as such. No surprise to hear the Antonio Carlos Jobim staples "Quiet Nights" and "The Girl From Ipanema" (done as "The Boy From Ipanema"). The unexpected pleasures are hearing Krall recast "Too Marvelous for Words," "Walk on By," and "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" in a Brazilian mold. (Out tomorrow) STEVE GREENLEE

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