No, it’s not secretly Tuesday, and yes, I intended to post this today.
I have a certain weakness for female singers who sing in the contralto range, such as Julie London, June Christy, Karen Carpenter, k. d. lang, Patsy Cline, and Diana Krall, the pianist and singer from Nanaimo, British Columbia. She’s sold over sixteen million albums and earned numerous awards, so obviously she’s quite popular, and you can’t turn on smooth jazz radio and not hear her sometime during the day. She’s married to Elvis Costello and the mother of twin boys, Dexter and Frank, who just turned ten in December. She counted among her mentors bassist Ray Brown and singer Rosemary Clooney.
Here are a couple of tunes by the lovely Ms. Krall. First, a cover of Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are.”
Now, “The Look Of Love,” covering the Bacharach-David composition originally done by Dusty Springfield in the movie Casino Royale.
And, what the heck, one more: “Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words),” the jazz standard that was first sung by Kaye Ballard and popularized by Frank Sinatra. She does a great piano solo in this one.
Before today, were you familiar with Diana Krall’s music? What do you think of it?