Turn Up The Quiet (Verve 5735217)
The way Diana Krall sings these Great American Songbook love songs was inconceivable even a few years ago.
She digs deeper into the lyrics, not in an exaggerated musical-theatre way, but with flawless instincts for which word to weight in a line, and how to phrase that line to make it live anew. Although routinely good, Krall has never been this consistently honest and even moving. Her attractive voice is deepening, and her delivery—always at its best when softest—is here especially breathy and intimate. What really makes her renditions of songs such as Isn’t It Romantic, Night and Day and especially a stunning Sway so emotionally telling, however, is her command of understatement and her preparedness to reveal vulnerability. The stellar support cast includes Christian McBride, Russell Malone, Jeff Hamilton, Marc Ribot and John Clayton Jnr.