Diana Krall: How Insensitive


How Insensitive


Diana Krall (vocals, piano)


From This Moment On (Verve 7323)

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Diana Krall (vocals, piano), Anthony Wilson (guitar), Robert Hurst (bass), Jeff Hamilton (drums),

Gerard Clayton (piano), Jeff Clayton, Keith Fiddmont, Rickey Woodard, Charles Owens, Lee Callett (reeds); Bjorn Watson, Sal Cracchiolo, Gil Castellanos, Clay Jenkins, Kye Palmer, Terrell Stafford (trumpet, flugelhorn); George Bohannon, Ira Nepus, Ryan Porter, Maurice Spears (trombone); Tommy Johnson, George Thatcher (tuba); Rick Todd, David Duke, Marilyn Johnson, Paul Klintworth, Yvonne Moriaty, Stephanie O’Keefe, James Thatcher, Brad Warnaar (French horn); Robert Zimmitti (percussion)

Orchestrated by Chris Walden


Orchestrated by Chris Walden


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


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

It's not easy to sing bossa nova. Diana Krall just makes it seem easy. Krall has tackled bossa before, demonstrating a preternatural knack for this style. Krall manages to find just the right balance between relaxed languor and bittersweet emotion. She does it again on this exceptional track. Very few non-Brazilian jazz singers can match her on this terrain. Others will over-sing or clumsily impose jazz phrasing on the Brazilian idiom. In Rio de Janeiro, they describe something indigenous to the city as Carioca, which comes from the Tupi word Karaioca. Well, let me coin a new word . . Krall-i-oca, to signify that rare U.S. singer who can capture the ambiance of this music with such intimacy and assurance.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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