Diana Krall: A Case of You

No singer currently active is better than Krall at these oh-so-slow ballads, where she manages to expose every raw nerve end hidden in the melody and the lyrics. She almost sounds as if she is secluded by herself in some quiet nook, singing only to soothe herself. The jazz world with its ballsy, macho culture, hardened in a century of jam sessions, is almost too hostile a soil to support such delicate blossoms. But somehow Krall not only survives, but rises to a high degree of fame. Finally, something is going right in the music world! Joni Mitchell's confessional song is a perfect match for this singer, and she rises to the occasion. You can sense the quiet electricity in the hushed audience. They know that they are hearing something special. You will too.

December 05, 2007 · 1 comment


Ian Shaw: A Case of You

It's still way too hard to find Ian Shaw's music. This CD is only available as an expensive import here in the US, and no one thinks to offer a download. In fact, every Shaw CD in my collection had to be shipped across the big pond. Such a shame! Ian Shaw is the best vocalist you've never heard. When I first encountered him at Ronnie Scott's, I became a believer on the spot. Shaw has it all -- great range, radar ears, and real emotional commitment to the songs he sings. He is especially skilled at taking contemporary pop material and jazz-i-fying it without lessening the jazz component or diluting the original vitality of the music. "A Case of You" is not an easy composition to tackle. Joni's words have a quirky way of moving across the beats, and you can easily can get lost in the bar -- especially when you sing the line in the first chorus about getting lost in the bar. (If you don't know the lyrics you're saying huh at this point.) But Shaw puts on this song like a comfy robe he has been wearing for years. A case of you? I'll order two cases. Let's hope they don't fall in the pond.

December 05, 2007 · 0 comments


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