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This review is from: Only Trust Your Heart (Audio CD)'Only Trust Your Heart' is Diana Kralls second studio album, the first being 'Stepping Out'. It is a wonderful collection of jazz standards, with a mixture of lovely ballads and swinging up tempo tunes. Diana's voice is as always gloriously grainy, deep and sexy.
Recorded with a trio of Diana on piano, Lewis Nash on drums and Ray Brown and Christian McBride on bass. It has a lot more simplicity and intimacy than the later albums, and definately has a jazz, rather than the easy listening of her last two albums, feel. There is also the addition of Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone on three of the songs included in this selection, which adds a bit of variety into the mix.
Among the highlights of the album are 'The Folks Who Live on the Hill', a moving and sentimental ballad with a lovely laid back simple backing; 'I love being here with you' and 'I've got the world on a string' both swinging numbers in which Diana's talents of voice and piano shine through; Another great tune is 'KRS Craft' which is the only instrumental on the album. It totally swings with ease and is a joy to listen to.
Diana Krall is a superbly talented artist. Her piano playing is brilliant, and it is a crying shame that in her latest album, 'The Look of Love' she doesn't get a chance to shine her piano skills off to the full. Not that 'The Look of Love' is a bad album, in fact it is a lovely romantic ballad album. However, it lacks the jazz and swing of her previous recordings and for me doesn't have enough variety to keep me interested.
If you want to hear Diana Krall at her swinging best then I can thoroughly recommend this album, it is superb.