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Classic Album Review: Diana Krall | Live in Paris

The jazz singer-pianist's live album is more, well, lively than any of her studio discs.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


There is such a thing as being too perfect. And on her studio albums, singer and pianist Diana Krall usually is.

The arrangements, the performances, the production; it’s all just so. And too often, it’s all just so lifeless. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised that her concert recording Live In Paris is so, well, lively. Backed by a crack jazz combo (and, on a few tracks, an orchestra), Krall lets her hair down and cuts loose on some swingin’ classics (I Love Being Here With You, ’Deed I Do), torchy ballads (I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Devil May Care), loungey finger-snappers (The Look of Love, ’S Wonderful) and a couple of ’70s pop numbers (a sublime solo-piano version of Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You and a ridiculous revamp of Billy Joel’s Just the Way You Are). No matter what the material, though, Krall keeps it real, tossing off superb two-handed solos, belting out (or breathily intoning) some swell vocals, and generally sounding far more happy, personable and warm than she has on any of her studio records. Perfect — but not too perfect, you know?