Diana Krall: I Was Doing Alright
I Was Doing Alright
Diana Krall (vocals, piano)
From This Moment On (Verve 7323)
Composed by George and Ira Gershwin.
Recorded: Hollywood, no date given (CD released in 2006)
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
I am not a big fan of retro jazz - playacting which finds jazz singers adopting the mannerisms (and often the attire and hairstyles) of an earlier decade. But Krall and company do such a fine job with pre-bop jazz stylings, in a Nat-King-Cole-ish way, that I have to doff my hat (a 1940s high-crown felt fedora in this instance) in their general direction. It helps that this rhythm section has a great sense of time. They can swing at any tempo, and they let this song come to them, at its own ambling pace. I prefer to stay in the present, and hope to get to the future one day at a time, but if I ever opt for a Truman-era mood, this will be the first track on my playlist.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia