Diana Krall’s take on classic tunes has Wallflower shooting hits and some misses
Back in October 2014 when news came down when Diana Krall was suffering from major health reasons, she took time to rest her voice that has endeared her to millions of jazz fans (including me for over 20 years when the former Jazz Heritage Society of Oakhurst, New Jersey highlighted her earliest works). The multiple Grammy/Juno Award (Canada) winner finally released her 11th album (not counting her greatest hits or Christmas album from several years back) with remixing some classic songs of the 1960’s through the 1980’s.
There were some hits in my opinion and definite misses on trying to mix her brand of eloquent piano jazz in steering clear of the rock songs that were original hit tunes back the day and gained constant airplay on radio stations coast to coast.
HITS: Tracks 1, 2, and 10 with her soulful versions of the Mamas and the Papas “California Dreamin'”, the timeless country favorite evoking memories of Bonanza and other Western shows of the period in “Desperado”, and the great jazz song of the 1970’s, “I’m Not In Love.”
MISSES: Tracks 7 and 9, with “I Can’t Tell You Why” and “Operator”. The original versions utilized plenty of key background instruments and had a very decent pace. Diana’s version was sooooooooooooo slow that would want to put your dog to sleep, IMHO.
However, since I have enjoyed hearing Diana’s music so much through the years, this album was spared in the dog pile of cover songs redone too much like the early version of “Locomotion” and before Tiffany put her unique spin on “I Think We’re Alone Now”, since copied in the alternative/independent rock world by The Birthday Massacre on their 2008 “Looking Glass” album.
I guess the look on her face from the back of the CD pretty much says it all (image courtesy of nnm.me)
Please make the most out of this holiday weekend.
Next week, it is off to the movies as we look back with one memorable album and lots of really groovy movie scores with the late, great Nelson Riddle.