Stepping Out

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Krall's first recording remains an eye and ear opener. Without the overt schmaltz, Krall proves a sincere singer and, more so, a fine pianist whose talent in this area would later become sublimated. If you want to hear not only the roots of Krall's jazzier and romantic side, not to mention the fun, you'll get it all on this remastered CD, with a bulletproof rhythm section of the peerless bassist John Clayton and always on-the-money/in-the-pocket drummer Jeff Hamilton. The program contains several songs that have become Krall's signature tunes. "Straighten Up & Fly Right" is typically cute as she nicely modifies the lyric. "Frim Fram Sauce" is easily swung and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Krall's first recording remains an eye and ear opener. Without the overt schmaltz, Krall proves a sincere singer and, more so, a fine pianist whose talent in this area would later become sublimated. If you want to hear not only the roots of Krall's jazzier and romantic side, not to mention the fun, you'll get it all on this remastered CD, with a bulletproof rhythm section of the peerless bassist John Clayton and always on-the-money/in-the-pocket drummer Jeff Hamilton. The program contains several songs that have become Krall's signature tunes. "Straighten Up & Fly Right" is typically cute as she nicely modifies the lyric. "Frim Fram Sauce" is easily swung and wittily rendered. Several standards such as the easy swinging, bluesy "I'm Just a Lucky So & So" with its impressive bridge piano or the straight read of "Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear From Me" seem like child's play. She uses delayed, staggered phrasings with energetic pianistics during "As Long As I Live," jumps in more pronounced and driving tones for "This Can't Be Love," and cleverly deviates from the melody in now typical Krall-ian fashion for the previously unreleased "On the Sunny Side of the Street." She's most convincing on the unaccompanied take of the classic "Body & Soul" and goes into semi-classical mode with Clayton's bowed bass during her lone original "Jimmie." There are two instrumentals: "42nd Street" swings very well with flourishes inserted here and there on a slight re-arrange, while Klaus Suonsaari's not Charlie Parker's "Big Foot" sports heavy modal introductory chords, impressive stop starts on a blues strut, and the most interaction during this set. Krall's fans should consider this an essential recording in her growing discography, and perhaps in many ways her best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2000
  • Label: Justin Time Records
  • UPC: 068944005024
  • Catalog Number: 50
  • Sales rank: 9,333

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Diana Krall Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Jeff Hamilton Snare Drums
John Clayton Bass
Technical Credits
Irving Mills Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Ray Brown Liner Notes
Hank Cicalo Engineer
Nat King Cole Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Redd Evans Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Ian Terry Engineer, Mastering
Diana Krall Arranger
Jim West Producer
Rick Winquest Engineer
Mack David Composer
Joe Ricardel Composer
Renée Marc-Aurèle Remastering
Eddy King Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Will Make You Sing

    You can't listen to Krall's Frim Fram Sauce without singing along. I bought this after I had bought Live in Paris, The Look of Love, All For You, and When I Look in Your Eyes. Fresh interpretations and the warm soulful alto you've enjoyed on her other releases. If you like Krall, you'll definitely enjoy Steppin' Out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrific Debut Album

    This is a terrifc showcase of her talents as an arranger, piano player and singer. Compare this re-release of her first album to her grammy winner from last year, and listen to these honest, straight-ahead performances of a rising jazz star. Her voice has certainly matured from these tracks and it's nice to hear her strech out on piano.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Same ole voice just a different package

    Just as I thought this is the same ole no talent boring women. Someone put some make up on her and tried to change her image, but don't let it fool you. She is a bore and so is this cd. I gave mine away.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IT SUCKS

    this was a terrible ablum i wasted my money on it and i recomend nobody to do the same the music is terrible and the singing down right annoying!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 25, 2010

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