[JPL] Diana Krall

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Thu Jul 21 10:59:13 EDT 2005

Here's something to consider, Bob:  how many "singers" do you know who 
studied with Ray Brown and Jimmy Rowles?  RB told me he advised her 
"Don't ever let them make you stand up!"  (and leave the piano bench, a 
reference to Nat Cole.)  Last time I saw her she sang on almost every 
number, but even when she laid out on piano for a chorus she stayed 
seated.   She also played extended, hard swinging piano choruses in 
many uptempo tunes and was clearly getting off on exchanges with 
Anthony Wilson on guitar and Jeff Hamilton on drums.

I'm a bit troubled by references to her as a singer only, though I 
certainly wouldn't dismiss her abilities in that area.   I tend to 
think of her as a pianist who sings, and the same may be said of Dena 
DeRose.   Dena's history is as a solidly grounded pianist first, who 
added singing later.  But both are excellent singers and pianists, and 
their abilities reenforce each other.

Jim Wilke
Jazz After Hours, PRI

On Thursday, July 21, 2005, at 06:02  AM, Bob Stockton wrote:
> I'm putting together a new survey for our web site ( 
> http://www.modernjazzclassics.com ) and would like a bit of help from 
> this very knowledgeable body: is Diana Krall more singer than pianist 
> or more pianist than singer? I lean toward the former, but love her 
> playing also.
> Bob Stockton

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