Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Diana Krall - All For You (A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio)

Pianist/vocalist Diana Krall pays tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio on her Impulse! set. In general, the medium and up-tempo tunes work best, particularly such hot ditties as "I'm an Errand Girl for Rhythm," "Frim Fram Sauce," and "Hit That Jive Jack." Krall does not attempt to directly copy Cole much (either pianistically or vocally), although his influence is obviously felt on some of the songs. The slow ballads are actually as reminiscent of Shirley Horn as Cole, particularly the somber "I'm Through With Love" and "If I Had You." Guitarist Russell Malone gets some solo space on many of the songs and joins in on the group vocal of "Hit That Jive Jack," although it is surprising that he had no other opportunities to interact vocally with Krall; a duet could have been delightful. Bassist Paul Keller is fine in support, pianist Benny Green backs Krall's vocal on "If I Had You," and percussionist Steve Kroon is added on one song. Overall, this is a tasteful effort that succeeds. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: Diana Krall
Album: All For You: A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio
Year: 1996
Label: Verve Records
Runtime: 54:36
Recorded at the Power Station, New York City, USA

Tracks:
1.  I'm An Errand Girl For Rhythm (Nat King Cole) 2:56
2.  Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You (Andy Razaf / Don Redman) 4:07
3.  You Call It Madness (Russ Columbo / Con Conrad / Gladys Dubois/ Paul Gregory) 4:37
4.  Frim Fram Sauce (Redd Evans / Joe Ricardel) 5:00
5.  Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (Al Dubin / Harry Warren) 6:27
6.  Baby Baby All The Time (Bobby Troup) 3:36
7.  Hit That Jive Jack (John Alston / Alex Alston / Skeets Tolbert) 4:16
8.  You're Looking At Me (Bobby Troup) 5:33
9.  I'm Thru With Love (Gus Kahn / Fud Livingston / Matty Malneck) 4:25
10.  Deed I Do (Walter Hirsch / Fred Rose) 3:31
11.  A Blossom Fell (Howard Barnes / Harold Cornelius / Dominic John) 5:12
12.  If I Had You (Jimmy Campbell / Reginald Connelly / Ted Shapiro) 4:56

Personnel:
Diana Krall (Piano, Vocals)
Russell Malone (Guitar)
Paul Keller (Double Bass)
Benny Green (Piano) - 12
Steve Kroon (Percussion) - 5

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