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Stepping Out
     

Stepping Out

2.8 5
by Diana Krall
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2000
Label:
Justin Time Records
UPC:
0068944005024
catalogNumber:
50
Rank:
9963

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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
Diana Krall   Arranger
Jim West   Producer
Rick Winquest   Engineer
Mack David   Composer
Joe Ricardel   Composer
Eddy King   Engineer

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Stepping Out 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!