Live in Paris

Live in Paris

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by Diana Krall

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From a fan’s perspective, the best thing about Diana Krall’s live performances is that she presents the same cool-calm-and-collected demeanor that has endeared her recordings to throngs of listeners. No, the pianist-singer doesn’t get wild-and-wooly on stage; she knows what she’s great at and delivers it with confidence and style. This sumptuous performance, which…  See more details below


From a fan’s perspective, the best thing about Diana Krall’s live performances is that she presents the same cool-calm-and-collected demeanor that has endeared her recordings to throngs of listeners. No, the pianist-singer doesn’t get wild-and-wooly on stage; she knows what she’s great at and delivers it with confidence and style. This sumptuous performance, which finds Krall supported by a first-rate jazz unit (including drummer Jeff Hamilton and bassist John Clayton) and a full string orchestra, is a lovely recital of standards, many of which have come to be associated with Krall herself. Her live renditions exhibit the measured, ever-in-control, yet (at the appropriate times) slyly sexy interpretations that have become a Krall trademark. She proves herself no slouch at the piano, either. A fun bonus is a studio recording of Billy Joel’s anthem “Just the Way You Are,” sporting a Michael Brecker tenor solo, which Krall cut for the film Guru.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Recorded "live" at the Paris Olympia, Live in Paris offers listeners Diana Krall's understanding of the musical techniques of composition, piano, and vocal improvisation on 12 songs from the Great American Songbooks of Cole Porter,Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, and contemporary artists Joni Mitchell and Billy Joel. Accompanied by the award-winning Anthony Wilson on guitar, John Pisano on acoustic guitar, John Clayton on bass, Jeff Hamilton on drums, and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion as well as the Orchestra Symphonies European on "Let's Fall in Love" and "I've Got You Under My Skin," the lovely vocalist heightens your listening pleasures with distinctive phrasings and tangible pathways to inside the creative imagination by getting inside harmony, the changes, and melodic structures. On Joel's "Just the Way You Are," Krall is accompanied by Christian McBride on bass, Michael Brecker on tenor saxophone, Lewis Nash on drums, and Wilson on guitar, among others. This song also resides on the soundtrack to the film The Guru and is probably one of the best ballads on the set due to the great solo from Brecker. His powerful but sensitive playing adds the ultimate expression and approach to the melody -- one with attitudinal preparation, which is always necessary for a song that has such familiarity and association with another musician. For those who may not have heard Krall perform "live," this recording will give you a firsthand account of the ambience and excitement of a musical evening with her.
Blender - Ken Micallef
Live in Paris demolishes Krall's sex-kitten persona with a hothouse performance.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Diana Krall   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Alan Broadbent   Conductor
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Rob Mounsey   Keyboards
Lewis Nash   Drums
John Clayton   Bass
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Christian McBride   Bass
John Pisano   Acoustic Guitar
Anthony Wilson   Guitar
Luis Quintero   Percussion

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Peggy Lee   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Alan Broadbent   Music Direction
Bob Dorough   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Bill Schluger   Composer
Terrell Kirk   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer

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Live in Paris 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Along with many others, I was as pleased with Diana krall's performance in "Live in Paris" as I was disappointed in her saccharine "Look of Love" CD. Diana finally has been given a chance to show us less fortunate (those of us who have not seen her in a live performance) that she truly is a gifted jazz pianist. With only one of the selections (most of which have appeared on her other albums) under five minutes in duration, the listener can truly appreciate her piano playing as she takes several choruses on many of the tunes. Track 1, "I Love Being Here with You" truly gets the group off to a roaring start and previews the good things to come, as she pays a strange tribute at the end to bassist Ray Brown. Speaking of "Brown" and strange things -- listen carefully for the same riff from the song "Sweet Georgia Brown" as she sneaks it in on Track 3, "Deed I Do"; Track 5, "East of the Sun" and Track 7, "Devil May Care". The live audience clearly drives this performance, as its apprecation and excitement is evident. This is especially true on Track 7, "A Case of You," wherein a slow, but compelling piano solo introduces the tune accompanied by some rustling and coughing in the audience. As the lyric starts, however, there is stunned silence as she sings this Joni Mitchell selection in a style that differs from anything on her previous recordings. This is Diana Krall at her recorded best in my opinion, and heightens my interest in the live DVD which I have ordered, and, but of course, my interest in seeing her "live" some day!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We own every one of her albums and have heard her in the rich bittersweet chocolate voice comes out more than ever...and she takes her time...wonderful and very satisfying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been looking for a contemporary torch singer and jazz pianist for a long time. Diana Krall was recommended to me by an employee of a local music store, so I took a chance and bought her 'Look of Love' album first. I've been hooked ever since. I wanted more of course, so now have managed to get ALL of her albums including the most recent, 'Live in Paris'. Also have her only DVD (to my knowledge) of the same title. I like this particular album so much, I can't seem to get it out of my CD player. I have listened to each cut over and over again, in order and randomly, and each time I like her voice and piano even more. This artist is a winner in every way!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have 3 of her other albums and have become a staunch fan of this young lady, she is not only a fine vocalist with a wide range of expression, but an excolent instromentalist, a rare combination,I will look for more music from this young weman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first two times I heard Diana she performed live on T.V. I don't remember what the first show was and couldn't remember her name afterwards which drove me crazy-I wanted to hear more. The second show was a Joni Mitchell tribute show and she blew all the other performers away-including Joni (and that's the ultimate accolade coming from me.) I then bought several of her CD's and could hardly believe it was the same person. All the smoke-all the soul was gone-they tried to mainstream her and lost her in the process. Live In Paris is what I heard the first two times on T.V. and it's about time. Diana should stay out of the studio and only record live. Oh ya, the way she does Joni she should do a tribute CD-the time is right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The combination of Diana Krall's piano brillance and her sultry voice, make you want to go back again and again to listen to the lyrics and melody of these 'classic' songs--also, her accompanyment is outstanding--the 'best' I have heard in a long time.
Stacey_Foreman More than 1 year ago
This CD served as my introduction to Diana Krall. She is a jazzy, with-it, talented and versatile singer who integrates well with her band. She is a combination of jazz with funky string as well as soft, romantic and sexy with the track: The Look of Love. I was impressed with her natural strength for jazz solo, but most of all her obvious appreciation for her accompianment. Diana and her band members could not be a better fit. I enjoyed this CD immensely, however couldn't help but notice that future CDs have alot of repeats of the same songs. I would recommend this particular CD for starters as the ones which came after are redundant. I have made a suggestion for another performer who also integrates beautifully with his back-up, or better to say, a percussionist who left a legacy of big band jazz behind him. Diana's voice is tantamount to his drums. . .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago