Glad Rag Dollby Diana Krall
The record reveals itself at that remarkable vanishing point in time where all music;
Diana Krall's extraordinary new album, 'Glad Rag Doll' is an exhilirating and adventurous exploration of new sounds, new instrumentation and new musicians. It stars a singer and piano player, filled with mischief, humour and a renewed sense of tenderness and intimacy.
The record reveals itself at that remarkable vanishing point in time where all music; swinging, rocking and taboo, collide with songs of longing, solace and regret. All are made new again in a vaudeville of Krall's own imagining.
It is at once a major departure and a natural progression for the gifted musician. Diana simply calls the album, "a song and dance record".
"We all just went in there as if the songs were written yesterday. I didn't want to make a period piece or nostalgia record," said Krall.
In fact, these are songs that Krall has spent a lifetime contemplating. Both her childhood home and her current address are stacked with 78rpm records and song folios filled with precious and unpolished gems, songs that have not worn out their lustre from repetition.
If any of these songs could be identified as "20's or 30's music", then they are 20's or 30's songs as imagine for the 21st Century.
The same could be said for a startling rendition of the Pomus classic, "Lonely Avenue", first cut in the 1950s.
The contemplative, contemporary reading of the old Gene Austin recording of "Let It Rain" finds a sympathetic echo in Krall's exquisite rendition of Buddy and Julie Miller's more recent ballad of spiritual longing, "Wide River To Cross".
Working for the first time with renowned producer T Bone Burnett and engineer Mike Pierante, Krall revels in a fresh sonic playground captured in the vivid grain and deep resonant focus of analog tape. Burnett has assembled a distinguished cast of remarkable men to complement Krall's piano contribution at an 1890s Steinway upright.
From the hushed to the howling, Marc Ribot's poised and sympathetic solo guitar accompaniment on the title track contrasts beautifully with a range of surprising sounds and colors.
As ever with a Diana Krall record, her distinctive feel and unique sense of time is crucial. She has established a new and exciting rhythmic rapport with drummer Jay Bellerose and bassist Dennis Crouch that has let loose some of her most joyous piano playing heard on record to date.
Among new elements brought into spontaneous arrangement process are the mysterious, sometimes comedic commentaries coming from keyboards of Keefus Green.
And that's where the shotgun comes in...
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- We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye
- There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears
- Just Like a Butterfly That's Caught In the Rain
- You Know, I Know Ev'rything's Made for Love
- Glad Rag Doll
- I'm a Little Mixed Up
- Prairie Lullaby
- Here Lies Love
- I Used To Love You But It's All Over Now
- Let It Rain
- Lonely Avenue
- Wide River To Cross
- When the Curtain Comes Down
Performance CreditsDiana Krall Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Marc Ribot Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,6-string bass,E Flat Horn
T Bone Burnett Electric Guitar
Dennis Crouch Bass
Colin Linden Dobro,Electric Guitar
Jay Bellerose Drums
Howard Coward Ukulele,Background Vocals,Mandola,Guitar (Tenor)
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Keefus Ciancia Keyboards,Mellotron
Technical CreditsBilly Hill Composer
Julie Miller Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Lew Brown Composer
T Bone Burnett Producer
Tom Perme Equipment Technician
Doc Pomus Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Betty James Composer
Mike Piersante Engineer
Charles Tobias Composer
Howard E. Johnson Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Von Tilzer Composer
Dan Dougherty Composer
Hal Dyson Composer
Albert Von Tilzer Composer
Carl Hoefle Composer
Ruth Levy Producer
James Kendis Composer
Edwin Fotheringham Illustrations
Edward Johnson Composer
Harry M. Woods Composer
Kristen Vallow Prop Stylist
Steven P. Miller Composer
Christine Cantella Stylistic Assistant
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