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|1. Where Or When|
|2. Too Marvelous For Words|
|3. I've Grown Accustomed To His Face|
|4. Boy From Ipanema, The|
|5. Walk On By|
|6. You're My Thrill|
|7. Este Seu Olhar|
|8. So Nice|
|9. Quiet Nights|
|10. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry|
|11. How Can I Mend A Broken Heart|
|12. Every Time We Say Goodbye|
|13. Boy From Ipanema - video track|
|14. Walk On By - video track|
Diana Krall is without a doubt the first lady of jazz--a household name around the world, even in households where jazz wouldn't normally find a home. Quiet Nights is her first studio album since 2006's From This Moment On, and marks a return to the stylistic and commercial success of The Girl In The Other Room. Focusing on the music of Brazil, in particular the Bossa Nova, the production team of Tommy LiPuma and Claus Ogerman have created a seductive and sensual backdrop to Diana's distinctive voice. Diana sings three Brazilian classics, adapts four standards, and adds three ballads to the mix. This special UK version of Quiet Nights includes two exclusive video performances.
It was only a matter of time before Diana Krall turned her attention to bossa nova, but the result, now that it's here, makes you wish she had got there a little sooner.
Surrounding herself with a crack quartet - Anthony Wilson on guitar, John Clayton on bass, and percussionists John Clayton and Paulinho Da Costa - backed by a Claus Ogerman-led orchestra, Krall turns Quiet Nights into a 'love letter for my husband' aka Elvis Costello, with a meticulously manicured production co-authored by Krall herself and Tommy LiPuma.
She owes a double debt to Ogerman, whose strings-saturated arrangements ooze with a seriously sensuous, impeccably crafted sophistication. Mixing bossa nova classics with jazz standards, Krall lowers her voice to virtually sub-sonic levels to deliver husky, half-whispered but deliciously sultry performances so packed with sentimental billet doux that half way through it all threatens to congeal into one intrusive, gelatinous mass.
This is dreamy, gently swaying, cocktail bar music making given the glossiest of productions. As such, it works best when listened to with half an ear (and probably at 4am in the morning). It's then Krall's sotto voce approach comes into its own; I've Grown Accustomed to His Face, So Nice, Too Marvellous for Words and You're My Thrill all becoming enviously intimate confessionals.
Krall even turns The Boy From Ipanema into a torch song that pads and prowls with deliberately underplayed intent while the title track is all brooding desire and wish fulfilment. But when the approach goes wrong, it borders on turning the Bacharach/David classic Walk On By into a curiously anaemic apology.
Limited edition discs also carry two bonus tracks: a surprisingly effective cover of the Bee Gees' How Can You Mend A Broken Heart and a pared back, paced down version of Cole Porter's Every Time We Say Goodbye.
It's not what you might expect of Krall or, for that matter, bossa nova, and nor is it jazz, but in its own deliberately dissipated dreaminess it has an obvious understated allure all of its own. --Michael Quinn
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Quiet nights is a good title! Sit in a comfy chair, pour yourself a glass of wine, turn down the lights and enjoy Diana Krall at her easy and sensual best. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leslie Jones
Read the previous reviews and decided to buy this. Another great CD from Ms Krall.Published 5 months ago by G Dennis
The orchestration just about saves this album. Although a long time fan of Diana I would certainly hesitate before buying any of her latest recordings. Sorry1Published 5 months ago by David