Jazz great Diana Krall and her trio captivated a sold-out Lied Center
From the opening notes of “Where or When” to the final fade out of “Ophelia,” Diana Krall and her superb trio captivated a sold-out Lied Center for Performing Arts on Sunday with a standout 100 minutes of jazz from one of her most great contemporary practitioners. .
Dressed in a shimmering green dress, Krall sat at the piano, lead guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Robert Hurst and drummer Kareem Higgins through a set of standards that began with her breathy, quiet, and often slow contralto, then took over the trio and the tempo before returning to the spotlight for the solos of each of the players.
There were plenty of awe-inspiring moments and moving bits, especially as Hurst, who played in Jay Leno’s band “The Tonight Show,” demonstrated his virtuosity on subtly inventive solos like the one he played. during the Tommy Dorsey/Frank Sinatra track “East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
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My favorite of the standards was a slowly building “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” that showcased her smooth, sometimes almost spoken vocals and, at the end, let the trio go wild with the fast but smooth attack. that permeated the concert.
Krall’s definition of “standards” and “jazz”, shall we say, expands the notion of both terms – as demonstrated by the encore that associates a beautiful version of Irving Berlin’s “How High the Moon” with rock ‘n’ roll mentioned above. Ophelia” from The Band.
And the show was highlighted by a Latin-tinged rolling version of Tom Waits’ “Hey Little Bird Fly Away Home”, which found Hurst and part of the audience snapping their fingers along with Riggins’ drum solo and a surprisingly moving rendition of Bob Dylan’s “A Simple Twist of Fate.
His peak, however, came with Krall literally in the limelight, playing alone and delivering a distinctive, elongated “A Case of You”, a Joni Mitchell classic that perfectly suited his vocal and musical approach.
Krall’s concert opened the Lied Center’s 2022-23 season. Suffice it to say, there may be others at the level she and her trio showcased on Sunday, but there won’t be others.
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