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Diana Krall: Stepping Out - The Early Recordings

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Label: Enja Records
Released: 1993
Category: Jazz
Producer(s): Jim West
Rating: *******... (7/10)
Media type: CD
Web address: www.dianakrall.com
Appears with:
Purchase date: 2001
Price in €: 15,99

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[1] This Can't Be Love (Hart/Rodgers) - 4:31
[2] Straighten up and Fly Right (Coleman/Mills) - 3:56
[3] Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arlen/Koehler) - 4:04
[4] I'm Just a Lucky So and So (David/Ellington) - 4:23
[5] Body and Soul (Eaton/Eaton/Green/Heyman) - 5:35
[6] 42nd Street (Dubin/Warren) - 6:21
[7] Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (Ellington/Russel) - 4:33
[8] Big Foot (Suonsaari) - 7:07
[9] Frim Fram Sauce (Evans/Ricardel) - 4:08
[10] Jimmie (Krall) - 5:26
[11] As Long as I Live (Arlen/Koehler) - 4:42
[12] On the Sunny Side of the Street (Fields/McHugh) - 4:51

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DIANA KRALL - Piano, Arranger, Vocals


IAN TERRY - Engineer, Mastering, Mixing
HANK CICALO - Engineer
RAY BROWN - Liner Notes

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2000 CD Justin Time 50
2000 CS Justin Time 50
1993 CD Justin Time 50

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.

Michael G. Nastos - All-Music Guide

For years singer-pianist Diana Krall has been bringing new lifeblood to jazz via her dual knockout talents. And while her later recordings reveal a consistently maturing artist, this 1992 debut album shows that the Nanaimo, British Columbia, native had the goods right from the get-go. In her mid-20s here, Krall sings with honesty, subtlety, and persuasion while playing the piano with head-shaking authority, both as accompanist--she offers amazing asides in between vocal phrases--and as an absolutely A-one improviser. Indeed, it is remarkable to hear her weave her gifts into a wondrous whole. Working with bass ace John Clayton and the superb drummer Jeff Hamilton, Krall presents one winner after another. "This Can't Be Love" is typical, a selection where it is all but impossible not to tap your foot. After a nicely enunciated vocal--she slides into phrases much like Sarah Vaughan--the pianist cooks in her Oscar Peterson-meets-Gene Harris style, playing hip ideas that fall easily on the ear, underwritten by her rock-solid feel for time. "As Long as I Live" is another example of Krall's ability to sing and swing a standard with a nonstop groove. "Straighten Up and Fly Right" is slower and features a deeply bluesy vocal; "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" is equally sultry. The classic ballad "Body and Soul" finds her singing with intimacy and playing with a caressing touch. A very impressive start for a very impressive artist.

Zan Stewart - Amazon.com

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This can't be love because I feel so well
No sobs, no sorrows, no sighs
This can't be love I get no dizzy spells
My head is not in the skies

My heart does not stand still
Just hear it beat
This is too sweet to be love
This can't be love because I feel so well
Yet I long to look into your eyes


Buzzard took a monkey for a ride in the air
Monkey thought that everything on the square
Buzzard tried to throw the monkey off of his back
But the monkey turned around and said, "Hey listen Jack!"

Straighten up and fly right
Straighten up and stay right
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down bubba don't you blow your top

Ain't no use in jiving
What's the use of diving
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down bubba don't you blow your top

Well the buzzard told the monkey you are choking me
Release your hold and I will set you free
Monkey looked the buzzard dead in the eye and said
"Your story is so touching, but it sounds just like a lie!"

So straighten up and fly right
Straighten up and stay right
Straighten up and fly right
Cool down bubba don't you blow your top




When I walk down the street
Seems everyone I meet
Gives me a friendly hello
I guess I'm just a lucky so and so

The birds in every tree
All sing so merrily
They sing wherever I go
I guess I'm just a lucky so and so

Well if you should ask me the amount in my bank account
I must confess that I'm slipping
But that don't bother me, cause confidentially
I've got a dream that's pippin

And when my day is through
Each night I hurry to
A love that's faithful I know
I guess I'm just a lucky so an so


My heart is sad and lonely
For you I sigh, for you dear only
Why haven't you seen it?
I'm all for you body and soul

I spend my days in longing
And wondering why
It's me you're wronging
I tell you I mean it
I'm all for you body and soul

I can't believe it
It's hard to conceive it
That you'd turn away romance
Are you pretending?
Looks like the ending
Unless I could have one more chance to prove
Dear, my life's a wreck you're making
You know that I'm yours for just the taking
I'd gladly surrender body and soul




Do nothin' till you hear from me
Pay no attention to what is said
Why people tear the seams of anyone's dreams?
It's over my head

Do nothin' till you hear from me
At least consider our romance
If you should take the word of others you've heard
I haven't a chance

True I've been seen with someone new
That doesn't mean that I've been untrue
Though we're apart these words in my heart
Reveal how I feel about you

So kiss may cloud my memory
And other arms may hold a thrill
But please do nothin' till you hear it from me
And you never will




I don't want french fries potatoes, red ripe tomatoes
I'm never satisfied
I want the frim fram sauce
With aw-se-tay with sha fafa on the side

I don't want pork chops and bacon
That won't awaking, my appetite inside
I want the frim fram sauce
With aw-se-tay with sha fafa on the side

Well you know a girl
She really got to eat
And a girl she should eat right
Five will get you ten
I'm going to feed myself right tonight

I don't want fish cakes and rye bread
You heard What I said
Waiter please, I want mine fried
I want the frim fram sauce
With aw-se-tay with sha fafa on the side




Baby I can't live to love you
As long as I want to
Life isn't long enough baby
But I can love you as long as I live

Baby I can't buy diamonds and things
Like I want to
But I can promise you baby
I'm going to want you as long as I live

Well I never cared but now I'm scared
That I won't live long enough
That's why I wear my rubbers when it rains
And eat an apple everyday and see the doctor anyway

What if I can't live to love you
As long as I want to
Life isn't long enough baby
But I can love you as long as I live

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