Quiet Nights

Quiet Nights

3.5 88
by Diana Krall
     
 

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Bossa nova is not unfamiliar to Diana Krall, but 2009's Quiet Nights is her first record devoted to the gently swaying rhythm. Teaming up again with arranger Claus Ogerman, who last worked with Krall on 2001's The Look of Love and who also frequently collaborated with bossa nova godfather Antonio Carlos Jobim, KrallSee more details below

Overview

Bossa nova is not unfamiliar to Diana Krall, but 2009's Quiet Nights is her first record devoted to the gently swaying rhythm. Teaming up again with arranger Claus Ogerman, who last worked with Krall on 2001's The Look of Love and who also frequently collaborated with bossa nova godfather Antonio Carlos Jobim, Krall winds up with a mellow, lazy album that recalls the relaxed late-night sophistication of Jobim's duet album with Frank Sinatra, which Ogerman also happened to arrange and conduct. It's not just the sound, it's the songs: how '60s standards like Bacharach/David's "Walk on By" sit next to three Jobim tunes, a song by Marcos Valle ("So Nice"), and a few American Songbook standards placed at the beginning, the better to ease listeners into purer bossa nova at the end. Then again, they don't need much persuasion -- if any music could be called accessible it's this, with its warm intimacy and classic good taste. If anything, there may be a bit too much classic good taste on Quiet Nights -- there is no reinterpretation, only homage -- but that's not quite a problem because Krall knows enough to lay back, to never push, only to glide upon the gossamer surface. After all, some things are timeless for a reason; they need no updating, only replicating.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/2009
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517963528
catalogNumber:
001243301

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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
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

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