Quiet Nights

Quiet Nights

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by Diana Krall

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Diana Krall's twelfth album is titled Quiet Nights. Using Brazil as a musical point of reference, the award-winning pianist and singer is not suggesting a night out; she means to stay in.

"It's not coy. It's not 'peel me a grape,' little girl stuff. I feel this album's very womanly -- like you're lying next to your lover in bed whispering this in his ear."

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Diana Krall's twelfth album is titled Quiet Nights. Using Brazil as a musical point of reference, the award-winning pianist and singer is not suggesting a night out; she means to stay in.

"It's not coy. It's not 'peel me a grape,' little girl stuff. I feel this album's very womanly -- like you're lying next to your lover in bed whispering this in his ear."

She's not kidding. From Krall's refreshing version of "Where or When" to an utterly soul-stilling rendition of "You're My Thrill," the ten songs on Quiet Nights are disarming in their intimacy. Even those already familiar with the breathy vocals and rhythmic lilt in Krall's music -- and now there are millions -- will be taken aback by just how far the music pushes, unabashedly, into the realm of sweet surrender.

"It's a sensual, downright erotic record and it's intended to be that way." From the Label

Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe - Steve Greenlee
The line between dreamy and sleepy is a fine one, and many jazz singers have fallen on the wrong side of it when attempting bossa nova. Diana Krall, however, negotiates it skillfully.... It probably has a lot to do with her honeyed voice, her laid-back delivery, and her experience.
Los Angeles Times - Chris Barton
Diana Krall's albums should come with a warning label: Do not use while operating heavy machinery. This is not a knock: Krall's round, relaxed voice is a nuanced instrument ideally suited for, as this album's title indicates, quiet nights.
Dallas Morning News - Mario Tarradell
Diana Krall could fog up the bedroom windows with just a few notes of her sultry voice. Especially on her gorgeous, Brazilian-inspired new CD, Quiet Nights.... The steam that Krall generates is sublime.
Baltimore Sun - Rashod D. Ollison
In a way, Quiet Nights extends the elegant feel of Krall's last album, the excellent From This Moment On. Her hushed, Shirley Horn-like vocals are warmly embraced by tastefully understated orchestration overseen by the legendary Claus Ogerman.... Quiet Nights simply matches a classy singer with a classic style.
Washington Times - Adam Mazmanian
Quiet Nights is a gem of an album, not in the least because it blends the intimacy of a small cabaret combo with the elegance and heft of a full orchestra.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Diana Krall   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Steve Kujala   Alto Flute,Bass Flute
Sue Raney   Bass
Bruce Dukov   Violin,Concert Master
Sid Page   Violin,Concert Master
Richard Todd   French Horn
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Darius Campo   Violin
Claus Ogerman   Conductor
John Clayton   Bass
Larry Corbett   Cello,Celli
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Peter Kent   Violin
Janet Lakatos   Viola
Bill Lane   French Horn
Edward Meares   Bass
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Dan Neufeld   Viola
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Katia Popov   Violin
Barbara Porter   Violin
Geri Rotella   Alto Flute,Bass Flute
David Shostac   Alto Flute,Bass Flute
Doug Tornquist   Tuba
Cecilia Tsan   Cello,Celli
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Evan Wilson   Viola
David Ewart   Violin
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Anthony Wilson   Guitar
Timothy Landauer   Cello,Celli
Rudy Stein   Cello,Celli
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Antony Cooke   Cello,Celli
Gil Romero   Violin
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Tiffiany Yi Hu   Violin
Trevor Handy   Cello,Celli
Thomas Dienner   Viola
Liane Mautner   Violin
Caroline Campbell   Violin
James Freebarin-Smith   Cello,Celli
Dave Walther   Viola
Marda Todd   Viola
Steve Richards   Cello
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Dan Tobin Smith   Cello,Celli
Amy Wickman   Violin
Joel Pargman   Violin
Yue Deng   Violin
Todd Miller   French Horn
Bob Zimmitti   Vibes
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Mario de León   Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola

Technical Credits

Gene Lees   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
Hal David   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Schmitt   Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
Diana Krall   Producer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Jay Gorney   Composer
Paulo Sérgio Valle   Composer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam   Mastering

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Quiet Nights 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After a long day at the office I heard this record and I felt my muscle relaxing inmediatly, although there is nothing new in the arrangements, the music and melody did it for me.
willieP More than 1 year ago
very soothing as if you stand still long enough on a cool morn and the dew will saturate your body this music and lyrics does just that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Diana Krall however I felt the album was lacking her sultry style, it was not exciting.
ronay55 More than 1 year ago
A little disappointing...slow and lackluster material
MikeMarxBrooks More than 1 year ago
Diana Krall, in my opinion, is a gorgeous girl, has a fantastic voice, and is an accomplished pianist. The selections on this CD are excellent, as are the musicians who back her up. I have a number of her other CDs, and the one "issue" I have with her is that on many of her numbers there seems to be a lack of emotion, almost like she's going through the motions. (I will admit that it is possible that she may be just too laid back for my taste.) I still find this present in some of the songs on this CD, but not nearly as much as on some of her earlier efforts. Again, in my opinion, the best selection on this CD is Track 10 - "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry." If she would come across with the emotion she shows on this number on many of her other selections, I would certainly give this a higher rating. However, for anyone who enjoys the standards she presents here, and likes her fantastic voice, this is an album I would definitely recommend buying. I know that I will buy more Diana Krall CDs in the future.
ebg More than 1 year ago
Normally I really enjoy jazz and like Krall. But in this album she is so stylized that except for the melody change there is little creativity in her handling of the material. The orchestration and vocal renditions are all the same feel and color. She is a much better artist then this product suggests. She can be creative and passionate in her music but this album is suitable for the elevator.
ShoeQueen61 More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I would rate the entire cd "fair to midland..." A huge Diana Krall fan, I expected so much more. However, her arrangement of "Walk on By" is extraordinary. Her vocals along with the orchestra's arrangement are quite seductive...
Etomori More than 1 year ago
From the opening number and through most of the album, there seems to be a huge disconnect between the artist and the arrangements. The "Nelson Riddle" like orchestral arrangements never gets into the spirit of the bossa nova rhythm and appears to only provide a lush "wall of sound" which tended to overpower the vocalist. At times its tempo and key did not synch with Ms Krall. It was a clash of styles, not a good match. As to Ms Krall, her performance never got into the excitement of what bossa nova is all about. The orchestration overwhelmed her voice. Her interpretation was too lazy and laid back. Her attempt to integrate the rhythm of the bossa nova into the standards leave much to be desired. An artist of her stature should do better. Her attempt to sing in Portuguese was flat, lacking the emotional quality needed to bring the language and phrases to life. The concept of the album was exciting --- her past performances, repute, and the publicity drew me to buy the album. After listening to it, alone and with friends, it seemed to be put together without much serious planning and thought like a "knock-off" album. Perhaps I should have left it on the shelf.
Tisch More than 1 year ago
An enchanting collection excellent for drifting away with your Significant Other. You will feel like you've had a mini vacation when the music ends. Definitely glad we bought is!
mwr1 More than 1 year ago
Diana Krall provides some killer definitions for some old standards.
Pickylistener More than 1 year ago
Too soft and lacking emotion, I'd rather watch paint dry than listen to this recording anain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Diana Krall's music to work by, for relaxing or while entertaining. This is another great find!
Tippytin More than 1 year ago
Nice soothing music to relax by.
CLCDD More than 1 year ago
Enjoy this warm and smooth CD by Diana Krall. It is soothing and enjoyable. Nice to start the day or relax at the end. So glad I purchased it. Christine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love most of Diana Krall's music, but Quiet Nights is even better. I recommend it to any music lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a perfect CD to relax to in the evening - after a hectic day when everything has been hard or aggravating. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have all her cd's and there is not a bad one in the bunch..She is soo talented both as a singer and at the piano that I just enjoy listening to any of her recordings..This new release is just so smooth and romantic one could listen all night..If you like romantic music this is for you..
gsokolic More than 1 year ago
Did a fine job on some old favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quiet Nights is Diana's best CD to date. Anxious to see her in person this July on Cape Cod.
bigdave37 More than 1 year ago
Diana Krall is simply incredible. This is an amazing collection of songs and music. Diana's choice of material never ceases to amaze me. She uses emotion in such a powerful way. And she is by far in a class of her own when it comes to singing jazz.
Businessbookjunkie More than 1 year ago
This bluesy cd is great listening either alone or over dinner/conversation as it creates reflections of the past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a dance, a sexy samba, a Brazilian bossa nova, or just a steamy slow dance when the feet don't really move at all. This is Diana Krall, excellent as usual, but on this album, she minimizes her vocal ornaments creating a basic truth and simplicity that is quite effective. She sings a Jobim selection in Portuguese, very beautiful. She adds piano sparingly, but when she does, it's lovely as always. This is a must-have for your Krall collection.
Ellen50 More than 1 year ago
See above.
pumpkinCG More than 1 year ago
TerBenn More than 1 year ago
REALLY enjoy this CD. Put it in the mix in my car and find myself bypassing others to go directly to it. Wonderfully sultry and inspiring, the artist exquisitely makes timeless classics not sound like "remakes". Her work captures your attention and, I'm quite sure, I'll be listening to this CD for a long time to come. A very welcome addition to my listening library ! ! ! Thank you.