All for You – A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio is the third studio album by Canadian singer Diana Krall. It was released on March 12, 1996 by Impulse! Records and GRP Records in tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio.
Pianist/vocalist Diana Krall pays tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio on her Impulse! set. In general, the medium and up-tempo tunes work best, particularly such hot ditties as “I’m an Errand Girl for Rhythm,” “Frim Fram Sauce,” and “Hit That Jive Jack.” Krall does not attempt to directly copy Cole much (either pianistically or vocally), although his influence is obviously felt on some of the songs. The slow ballads are actually as reminiscent of Shirley Horn as Cole, particularly the somber “I’m Through With Love” and “If I Had You.” Guitarist Russell Malone gets some solo space on many of the songs and joins in on the group vocal of “Hit That Jive Jack,” although it is surprising that he had no other opportunities to interact vocally with Krall; a duet could have been delightful. Bassist Paul Keller is fine in support, pianist Benny Green backs Krall’s vocal on “If I Had You,” and percussionist Steve Kroon is added on one song. Overall, this is a tasteful effort that succeeds. (by Scott Yanow)
After buying and enjoying her next two albums (Love scenes and When I look in your eyes), this one came as a surprise to me – but what a pleasant surprise. Like Jeri Southern, a brilliant singer-pianist of an earlier generation, Diana began as a pianist but was obliged to sing as well in order to get work. On this album, recorded when Diana was still unknown, Diana’s piano is very prominent. For those who enjoy hearing Diana singing love songs, there are plenty here, but there are upbeat songs to give more variation than you will find in the other albums I mentioned.
Yet, this is all achieved with very few musicians. Russell Malone on guitar and Paul Keller on bass accompany Diana singing and playing piano. On most tracks, that’s it. Steve Kroon plays percussion on Boulevard of broken dreams, while Benny Green plays piano on If I had you, leaving Diana (for that track only) to just sing.
You have to be good to deliver an album of such quality with so few musicians (especially without a drummer), but Diana and her musicians prove that it can be done. While I did not find this album as instantly appealing as her next two (perhaps because it was not what I expected), it is one that grows on me each time I play it.(by Peter Durward Harris)
Wow! Krall truly shows her piano and vocal skills on this one. She really is a genius when it comes to melding jazz and the blues. I hope she’ll do more stuff like this CD in the future. I’m so glad I got this one although I’m a bit late to the party so to speak. But, for me, this one is truly a keeper! I love to play it while having friends over for dinner. My guests have really enjoyed listening/discovering her music and talent. (by Phat Stripperon)
What a brilliant album !
Paul Keller (bass)
Diana Krall (vocals, piano)
Russell Malone (guitar)
Benny Green (piano on 12.)
Steve Kroon (percussion on 05.)
01. I’m An Errand Girl For Rhythm (Cole) 2.55
02. Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You (Redman/Razaf) 4.07
03. You Call It Madness (Dubois/Conrad/Columbo/Gregory) 4.37
04. Frim Fram Sauce (Ricardel/Evans) 5.01
05. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (Dubin/Warren) 6.27
06. Baby Baby All The Time (Troup) 3.36
07. Hit That Jive Jack (Alston/Tolbert) 4.16
08. You’re Looking At Me (Troup) 5.33
09. I’m Thru With Love (Malneck/Kahn/Livingston) 4.26
10. Deed I Do (Rose(Hirsch) 3.32
11. A Blossom Fell (Barnes/Cornelius/John) 5.13
12. If I Had You (Shapiro/Campbell/Connelly) 4.55
13. When I Grow Too Old To Dream (non-US bonus track) (Romberg/Hammerstein II) 4.35