Less is more. I’ll not detain you. Well, simply, this is a five star jazz album, being parsimonious, all jesting aside, that’s pretty clear. Style and substance, Krall freeze-framing such is her complete vocal and pianistic command a whole tradition of the Great American Songbook and capturing the mood down to the last detail to transform it and inject emotion and a life force switching off the pause button to move into real time.
A complete return to form for Krall after protracted illness and the less than satisfactory baby boomer pop album Wallflower, standards, small group rapport, great sound and above all individuality and poise are all laid on.
The road began when Krall did this Nat King Cole-based style back in the 1990s, and she is now going further and deeper with the wisdom of the years. Start all over again – and how.