Quiet Nights

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517963528
  • Catalog Number: 001243301
  • Sales rank: 28,809

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
Al 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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very soothing music.

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not one of the best for Diana

    I love Diana Krall however I felt the album was lacking her sultry style, it was not exciting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    relaxing

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Am Disappointed, Not Her Best Effort, Ms Krall Should Seriously Re-think her Approach to Integrate Bossa Nova into Her Repertoire

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Quiet Nights

    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...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Same old same old

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Diana Krall - Quiet Nights: Nice Easy-Listening CD

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    ZZZzzz.......

    A little disappointing...slow and lackluster material

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I'd pass this on Diana this time!

    Too soft and lacking emotion, I'd rather watch paint dry than listen to this recording anain.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Crash Goes the China!

    The arrangements on this album are among the best you will ever, ever hear. Flawless, gorgeous, harmonically complex and unpredictable (check out the end of "Quiet Nights" for pushing harmonic boundaries in this style!). Stunning.

    Many listeners are just never going to be happy unless Krall releases records with her and a trio. They don't appreciate the beauty of the orchestra or the tastefulness of the arrangements. Why, one listener even hoped she would select "better" material in the future (this is an album filled with classic standards!).

    The bad news is...Krall is not up to snuff when matched with arrangements like this. It works at times, but overall, this is the proverbial bull in a china shop. Streisand would have eased through this album...she has the finesse and delicacy needed to match the same found in the arrangements. Unfortunately, Krall does not. She's even off key at points, and overall gives a honest, though lifeless performance. The orchestra doesn't so much overwhelm her, as simply outclasses her. Back to the trios with you DK, or at least orchestral arrangements that don't require delicacy and precision.

    Audio quality is amazing, Krall's voice is in your face and dry as a bone. Again, this would be great if she had the right voice for the project.

    A great album though, simply because of it's wonderful songs and arrangements.

    TH

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not up to her usual high quality.

    I was disappointed in the selection of music and the pace.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    advertising

    After all of he advertising and publicity pushing this CD over the last few months, you would expect a blockbuster array of songs. Judging from the reviews, this is not the case. I am a good fan of Dianna Krall, but like many here, have noticed her career becoming more commercial and not actually singing and putting out quality material. It seems to be the status quo of the times. Not many artists sing for the sake of singing, but rather look for big returns on mediocre performances. I do hope Dianna puts out better material in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eh....

    I love Diana. It's not what I expected of her music, but it is nice to listen to if you're home and want to listen to some relaxing music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    EASY LISTENING

    soft, mellow music, well orchestrated

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Listening and partner dancing music.

    Just what I expected. It was just as if I were in a private club
    enjoying a great set. Good partner dancing music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love to listen to diana

    this is better than her last cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diana Krall does it again!

    She is my favorite female vocalist, live and recorded.This one tops all the others. What a treasure! Linda

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Blend of Old and New Jazz/Swing

    I am a Diana Kroll fan - so this may be a little bias.
    Mostly I like the blend of some old classics like "Where or When", "Too Marvelous for Words", and "Every Time We Say Goodbye", with newer pieces like, "The Boy from Ipanema", and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart".
    It is smooth and easy classic Knall but a presentation of great familiar tunes with a whole new sound and soul.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I love her music!

    ALl her songs are in my iPod. Can't wait to see her in concert at Carnegie! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diana Krall always great

    Loved it can't wait to see her in concert

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