Diana Krall: I Was Doing Alright

Track

I Was Doing Alright

Artist

Diana Krall (vocals, piano)

CD

From This Moment On (Verve 7323)

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Musicians:

Diana Krall (vocals, piano), Anthony Wilson (guitar), John Clayton (bass), Jeff Hamilton (drums).

Composed by George and Ira Gershwin

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Recorded: Hollywood, no date given (CD released in 2006)

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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

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