Diana Krall: Have Yourself a Very Merry Little Christmas


Have Yourself a Very Merry Little Christmas


Diana Krall (vocals, piano)


Jazz to the World (Blue Note CDP 72438 32127 2 9)

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Diana Krall (vocals, piano), Russell Malone (guitar),

James Genus (bass)


Composed by Ralph Blane & Hugh Martin


Recorded: New York, probably 1994


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Am I the only one who thinks the gifted Diana Krall has a tendency to come across as being somewhat depressed? I guess this works for her. It's her version of the saloon singer. But I would like to see this woman let loose and kick off a shoe every once in a while. I think it would do her good.

Of course, she is talented beyond all reason. Aided by bassist James Genus and guitarist Russell Malone, Krall presents a very evocative jazz trio version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." There is no heavy lifting here. Instead, the trio plays it in a slow blues. Krall's slightly smoky vocals are perfect, and her piano solo is requisitely charming.

Give me a comfortable couch, a warm apple cider and a depressed deeply gifted female jazz musician singing Christmas songs, and I am set for the season.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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