Diana Krall feat. The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra – Christmas Songs (2005)

FrontCover1Christmas Songs is the eighth studio album by Canadian singer Diana Krall, performed with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. It was released on October 26, 2005 by Verve Records. This is Krall’s first full-length album of Christmas songs (not counting her 1998 EP Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas), and her first studio album with a big band. The album was released on vinyl for the first time on October 14, 2016. (by wikipedia)

On her first full-length Christmas album, pianist/vocalist Diana Krall delivers a smoky, sophisticated, and slightly melancholy album perfectly suited to accompany egg nog cocktails and romantic afterglow holiday affairs. Although there isn’t anything unexpected on Christmas Songs — Irving Berlin’s “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” is as close to obscure as it gets — Krall coos life into such standards as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” It also doesn’t hurt that she gains top-notch support from the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, whose urbane arrangements help bring to mind similar works by such iconic vocalists as Nat King Cole, June Christy, and Frank Sinatra. But it’s not all deep sighs and bedroom eyes; on the contrary, Krall keeps things swinging with such uptempo numbers as the joyous “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” and the Blossom Dearie-inflected “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” If you like your holiday albums cool and classy, Christmas Songs is a stocking stuffer that’s sure to please. (by Matt Collar)


Diana Krall (piano, vocals)
The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra:
Rick Baptist (trumpet)
William Barnhart (trombone)
George Bohanon (trombone)
Gilberto Castellanos (trumpet)
Jeff Clayton (saxophone, flute)
Sal Cracchiolo (trumpet)
David Duke (french horn)
Keith Fiddmont (saxophone, clarinet)
Jeff Hamilton (drums)
Robert Hurst (bass)
Clay Jenkins (trumpet)
Tommy Johnson (tuba)
Joe Meyer (french horn)
Ira Nepus (trombone)
Charles Owens (saxophone, clarinet)
Joe Porcaro (percussion)
Ryan Porter (trombone)
Adam Schroeder (saxophone, clarinet)
Rick Todd (french horn)
Brad Warnaar (french horn)
Anthony Wilson (guitar)
Rickey Woodard (saxophone solos, clarinet)
Gerald Clayton (piano on 07.)
Tamir Hendelman (piano on 10, + 11.)


01. Jingle Bells (Pierpont) 3:26
02. Let It Snow (Styne/Cahn) 4.02
03. The Christmas Song (Tormé/Wells) 4.24
04. Winter Wonderland (Bernard/Smith) 3.15
05. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Gannon/Kent/Ram) 3.08
06. Christmas Time Is Here (Guaraldi/Mendelson) 3.35
07. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Coots/Gillespie) 2.54
08. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Blane/Martin) 4.19
09. White Christmas (Berlin) 4.32
10. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve (Loesser) 4.10
11. Sleigh Ride (Anderson/Parish) 3.26
12. Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep (Berlin) 3.41





Diana Krall – All For You – A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio (1996)

frontcover1All 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)


Nat King Cole

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.


Diana Krall Trio

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



Diana Krall – When I Look in Your Eyes (1998)

FrontCover1When I Look in Your Eyes is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer Diana Krall, released on June 8, 1999 by Verve Records. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the first time in 25 years that a jazz album was nominated in that category, and won two awards for Best Jazz Vocal and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical at the 42nd Grammy Awards. (by wikipedia)

With this CD, the young Canadian singer/pianist/arranger joins forces with producer Tommy LiPuma, who places his orchestral stamp on eight of the 13 tracks. It is the latest attempt to push Krall to an even wider pop/smooth jazz audience than she already enjoys. After all, Nat Cole, Wes Montgomery, and George Benson, among others, went this route. Wonder if she’d agree the cuts sans strings were more fun and challenging? Krall does get to it with central help from bassists John Clayton and Ben Wolfe, drummers Jeff Hamilton and Lewis Nash, and guitarist Russell Malone, all stellar players. Krall’s voice is sweet and sexy. She’s also flexible within her range and at times a bit kitschy, mostly the hopeless romantic. On this CD of love songs, it’s clear she’s cool but very much in love with this music. Bob Dorough’s “Devil May Care” and the insistent “Best Thing for You” really click. Favorites are a decent Shearing-esque “Let’s Fall in Love” with vibist Larry Bunker; a suave slow bossa on the opening number, “Let’s Face the Music”; the lusher-than-lush title track; and especially an incredible horn-fired fanfare intro/outro on the hip “Pick Yourself Up.” Some might call this fluff or mush, but it depends solely on your personal taste. This will certainly appeal to Krall’s fans, lovers, and lovers at heart. (by Michael G. Nastos)


John Clayton (bass)
Jeff Hamilton (drums)
Diana Krall (piano, vocals)
Russell Malone (guitar)
Chuck Berghofer – bass on 13
Alan Broadbent (piano on 13.)
Larry Bunker (vibraphone on 03. + 06,)
Pete Christlieb (saxophone on 13.)
Lewis Nash (drums on 06. + 08.)
Ben Wolfe (bass on 02., 06., 08. + 09.)


01. Let’s Face The Music And Dance (Berlin) 5.18
02. Devil May Care (Dorough) 3.20
03. Let’s Fall In Love (Koehler/Arlen) 4.19
04. When I Look In Your Eyes (Bricusse) 4.31
05. Popsicle Toes (Franks) 4.28
06. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Porter) 6.10
07. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (McHugh/Fields) 2.32
08. I’ll String Along with You (Harry Warren, Al Dubin) 4.45
09. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) (Bowman) 4.57
10. Pick Yourself Up (Kern/Fields) 3.02
11. The Best Thing For You (Berlin) 2.37
12. Do It Again (Gershwin/DeSylva) 4.35
13. Why Should I Care (hidden track:) (Eastwood/Sager/Thompson-Jenner) 3.44


The Chieftains – The Wide World Over (2002)

FrontCover1In the Chieftains’ four decades of recording, they’ve changed labels a handful of times, and each label has seen fit to record at least one or two collections of the band’s output under their tenure. At this point they have so many best-ofs and greatest-hits compilations, it’s tough for the listener to know the best of what they’re actually hearing. New millennium — new collection: the band’s longtime label, RCA Victor, has done the Celtic community a favor by releasing a collection that deals more with the band’s journey through their different phases as opposed to trying to reassemble a hits package. The end result is almost like listening to a radio station that only plays Chieftains songs. There are some live tracks, their countrified romp through “Cotton-Eyed Joe”; Van Morrison’s adult-contemporary “Shenandoah”; an unusual introduction of the bandmembers in Chinese; appearances from Sting, Diana Krall, and Art Garfunkel; and a couple of new recordings. The breezy cover of “Morning Has Broken” fares better than the hybridized “Redemption Song” (in fact, it’s a challenge to think of any instances of a successful Celtic/reggae alloy). The album will be enjoyed by Chieftains fans as a fun collection of songs they have never heard back-to-back before, and those looking for a greatest-hits collection will have plenty of other places to look. (by Zac Johnson)

Derek Bell (cláirseach, oboe, keyboards, tiompán, vocals)
Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals)
Martin Fay (fiddle, bones, vocals)
Seán Keane (fiddle, tin whistle, vocals)
Matt Molloy (flute, tin whistle, vocals)
Paddy Moloney (uilleann pipes, tin whistle, button accordion, bodhrán, vocals)
Anúna (vocals)
Jean Butler (dancer)
Ry Cooder (electric guitar, mandocello)
Elvis Costello (vocals)
Art Garfunkel (vocals)
Diana Krall (vocals, piano)
Ziggy Marley (vocals, guitar, percussion)
Joni Mitchell (vocals)
Van Morrison (vocals)
Carlos Nunez (bagpipe)
Sinéad O’Connor (vocals)
Linda Ronstadt (vocals)
Ricky Skaggs (vocals)
Don Was (percussion)
Belfast Harp Orchestra
Chinese Ensemble
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel
Los Lobos
The Corrs
The Rolling Stones


01. March Of The King Of Laois (Traditional) 4.25
02. The Foggy Dew (feat: Sinéad O’Connor) (Traditional) 5.01
03. I Know My Love (feat: The Corrs) (Traditional) 3.27
04. Cotton-Eyed Joe (feat: Ricky Skaggs) (Traditional) 2.45
05. The Magdalene Laundries (feat: Joni Mitchell) (Mitchell) 4.57
06. Live from Matt Molloy’s Pub (Traditional) 2.21
07. Shenandoah (feat: Van Morrison) (Traditional) 3.52
08. The Munster Cloak (Traditional) 6.12
09. Morning Has Broken (feat: Art Garfunkel / Diana Krall) (Traditional) 2.55
10. Morning Dew /Women Of Ireland (P.Moloney) 2.57
11. Mo Ghile Mear (feat: Sting) (P.Moloney/Traditional) 3.20
12. Carolan’s Concerto (feat: Belfast Harp Orchestra) (Traditional) 3.02
13. Guadalupe (feat: Los Lobos / Linda Ronstadt) (Traditional) 3.31
14. Full Of Joy (feat: Chinese Ensemble) (Traditional) 3.24
15. Here’s A Health To The Company (Traditional) 3.03
16. Chasing the Fox (feat: Erich Kunzel / Cincinnati Pops Orchestra) (P.Moloney/ Traditional) 4.11
17. Long Journey Home (Anthem) (feat: Anúna / Elvis Costello) (Costello/P.Moloney) 3.20
18. The Rocky Road To Dublin (feat: The Rolling Stones) (Traditional) 4.17
19. Redemption Song (feat: Ziggy Marley) (B.Marley) 4.22