Diana Krall #atozchallenge

No, it’s not secretly Tuesday, and yes, I intended to post this today.

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Diana KRALL

I have a certain weakness for female singers who sing in the contralto range, such as Julie London, June Christy, Karen Carpenter, k. d. lang, Patsy Cline, and Diana Krall, the pianist and singer from Nanaimo, British Columbia. She’s sold over sixteen million albums and earned numerous awards, so obviously she’s quite popular, and you can’t turn on smooth jazz radio and not hear her sometime during the day. She’s married to Elvis Costello and the mother of twin boys, Dexter and Frank, who just turned ten in December. She counted among her mentors bassist Ray Brown and singer Rosemary Clooney.

Here are a couple of tunes by the lovely Ms. Krall. First, a cover of Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are.”

Now, “The Look Of Love,” covering the Bacharach-David composition originally done by Dusty Springfield in the movie Casino Royale.

And, what the heck, one more: “Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words),” the jazz standard that was first sung by Kaye Ballard and popularized by Frank Sinatra. She does a great piano solo in this one.

Before today, were you familiar with Diana Krall’s music? What do you think of it?

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Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

32 thoughts on “Diana Krall #atozchallenge”

  1. I know she is famous and loved as a great singer but I just don’t care for her and, for the most part, can’t stand her style of singing…it’s irritating to me. I know, I know..I’m a horrible person:)

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  2. Always liked her singing and piano style. I need to be in the right mood for it, but she’s good. Have a few of her CDs.

    I enjoyed her husband too when he opened for Steely Dan here a couple years ago.

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  3. Thanks for introducing her to me hahaha! I like this kind of music. And her voice is soothing, the same way as Karen Carpenter. I have to play the Carpenters’ “Only Yesterday” … been a while since I listened to that.

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    1. Karen Carpenter is one of those tragic stories that should never have happened. Her voice was fantastic, and she was a better-than-average drummer. She should have split from her brother and put her own band together; she’d still be alive today if she had.

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  4. Way ta go John, I didn’t know she was married to Elvis Costello… didn’t know he had such a talented and very pretty wife! HA Live & Learn as they say! Great choice.!! Thanks for sharing. Have a great night… BIG HUGS

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  5. Hi John – she and Elvis Costello get a lot of air time over here … but I never realised she came from Nanaimo .. a place I have visited on Vancouver Island … and I do enjoy listening to them all .. cheers Hilary

    Hi Courtney – Kony is an exceptionally cruel man – not nice at all and I would rather not be polite. Love the idea of the Kingdom of Hawaii … one day perhaps it’ll be back? Cheers Hilary

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    1. Interesting that she gets a lot of airplay. I can understand him; guess they play a lot of her because of him.

      Hawai’i was a kingdom at one time, with Queen Liliuokalani and King Kamehameha. One or the other was the monarch when the US took it over.

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  6. I had not heard of Diana Krall until a few years ago when Jeffrey Scott kept begging me to write about her. She does have a wonderful voice. I’m not sure why she gets so many haters when I put her in battles, although I was pleasantly surprised that she won my last battle despite the comments about her performance.

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle
    #AtoZChallenge 1970’s Billboard Hits

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  7. John,

    Diana Krall is a good singer but not all of her covers work well with her mewsical style. Of this set of songs you shared, I liked her rendition of “The Look of Love”. The list of singers you mention in your lead in I really like Julie London and Karen Carpenter the best. Nice “K” contribution! Thanks for visitng my Art Sketching Through the Alphabet “K” (Kanga & Roo) post!

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  8. I’ve never heard of her, but I have a friend who adores female vocalists who can sing in that range! I am for sure going to let him know about this one! πŸ™‚

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