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In Reply to: RE: I see there's a new Diana Krall album coming in May posted by Jay Buridan on March 15, 2017 at 06:56:03
The woman is good looking.
She can play the piano quite well (she was one of Ray Brown's students
and Ray did not take on students whose talents were even remotely
She can sing respectably well.
She makes jazz and swing accessible.
She puts on a good show at her concerts, which usually sell out wherever
she goes. She has a broader appeal than about 90% of jazz musicians.
She makes money - for herself, the promoters, and her record company.
How many musicians - esp. jazz musicians - can do all this? Not too many.
Why do I get the feeling this is a snide comment? You may be a snob but at least get your spelling correct. I think you meant EXCITING.
Her earliest CDs, most notably the tribute to Nat King Cole, the pianist, not the singer :-}, I thought were musically superb, her less than stellar voice notwithstanding. She can play.
She can also convey a musical line with her voice as a musical instrument, something lost on subsequent productions that made her all Hair, Tits, And Teeth.
The Live in Paris DVD concert, with the exception of the deMille style orchestrations of Klaus whatishisname, is great Piano Quartet Classic Jazz with the four of them obviously having a great time making music.
The Girl In Room and that Classic vinyl issue thing (name?) were just bad. Haven't heard her since. A shame.
No reason to personally go after someone never a fan, though.
doesn't really improvise.
I played one of Krall's concerts at Concord Pavillion, in the Orch.
She really played up her looks, and the audience ate it up.
Very lightweight musically, IMO.
Count Basie, for one, pretty much repeats the same riffs from album to album to album as do most Jazz musicians, but I still love their music.
Heck, Mozart, Beethoven and pretty much every composer one could name, especially Mahler, repeated the same phrases from pillar to piano.
I know what you mean though. There's a difference between variations on a theme and rote notes. Makes you wonder what first class musicians like Hamilton, Wilson, and Clayton really think of her.
He does the same renditions every time.
Saw him in concert, then saw him on TV. Same songs, same phrasing, even the exact same jokes.
That's why I've always considered him a pop singer and not a jazz singer.
but his solos are usually so good, it doesn't matter to me.
And I'm NOT saying it's true about either of them, just that I heard that it was...
As you probably know, Laws was a Juilliard student, studied with Julius Baker and subbed in the NY Philharmonic and Met Opera orchestras. So he had formal classical training to say the least, and his albums, at least the ones I know well, are sophisticated, complex, and highly produced, and therefore I suspect have little pure improvisation.
But he's a jazzer first and can improvise with anyone.
Yes, he's a fantastic player.
A friend who was also a Baker Student said "Julie" used to show him off at Flute-Parties at Bakers home.
And there are PLENTY of fine Flutists that studied with him!
I only have "Little Sunflower" w/Milt Jackson these days, Hubert's solos are great and complex,
it's fun to hear something so close to the edge of what one can actually DO with a Flute.
And he tongues like a Mother!
"No reason the personally go after someone never a fan."
Really? Do you think it's worth posting a comment like " How exciting?" How does that add to or illuminate the discussion, aside from the clear sarcasm implied? If he doesn't like Krall, let him say so and state the reasons like you did.
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