‘S wonderful! ‘S marvelous!
You should care for me
‘S awful nice! ‘S paradise!
‘S what I love to see
You’ve made my life so glamorous
You can’t blame me for feeling amorous
Oh! ‘S wonderful! ‘S marvelous!
That you should care for me’
I was hoping that Diana Krall might perform her version of ‘S Wonderful at her Brisbane concert last night (8 February 2016) at the Brisbane Convention Centre, but she didn’t. She did, however, delight the audience with an eclectic range of songs that had love as a central theme.
I was going to write a review but then found Nathanael Cooper’s online, and in less than 500 words he really nailed it. So what more can I offer? How about a photograph of my VIP pass?
And some classic quotes from the jazz goddess herself:
My job is to make you feel something. Feel good or feel the groove.
Diana and her fellow band mates (bass: Dennis Crouch, drums: Karriem Riggins, keyboardist: Patrick Warren, fiddle: Stuart Duncan, and guitar: Anthony Wilson) more than fulfill this part of their job description. They have the ultimate job satisfaction – they are all exactly where they want to be – centre stage playing the music they adore, and spreading the love.
I was lucky enough to be sitting in the front row and, from my site line, I could see the ecstatic expressions on violinist, Stuart Duncan’s, and guitarist, Anthony Wilson’s faces, as they performed. Music is their religion, and they easily converted the audience to their particular brand of modern day jazz.
I don’t want to analyse music and wonder whether it’s traditional or nostalgic. It is what it is. You play music like you hear it and you honour it. That’s all.”
Diana Krall moved effortlessly across many genres and paid homages George Gershwin, Burt Bacharach, Tom Waites, the Mamas and the Papas, and Bob Dylan (it is Dylan’s song Wallflower that is the name of the tour and her twelfth studio album). Old songs sound new and new songs sound old – such is the magic (or some might say witchcraft) of Diana Krall. And what better to honour the music than to have the accompaniment of the Australia Philharmonic (an almost full-size orchestra).
A lot of what I like to do is theatre, interpreting a lyric or conveying something in a minimalist way.
Nathaneal Cooper writes that, “as a performer she (Diana Krall) is exquisite”, and it is impossible to disagree. Her newer material from the Wallflower album is an exploration of the Golden Age of 1970s soft rock, but she sings them straight from the heart so that the feeling of the song comes across – she does not make them into jazz songs and does not distract from the original story.
Photo courtesy http://www.jpc.de
When it comes to ‘minimalist style’, Diana Krall is well versed in the ‘less is more’ philosophy. A flick through her program reveals that she favours a neutral or monochromatic clothing palette, subtle jewellery, messy ‘bedhead’ hair, and a smokey eye. And just like her music, her style is sublime. We all know that age is just a number but, at 51, Diana Krall is a style icon for Generation FAB (fifty and beyond).
Photo courtesy nice-cool-pics.com
I know I’m incredibly lucky. I’ve got a great family and some amazing friends. On top of the, I get to play jazz!”
Yep, Diana Krall is living the dream and really does have it all. She is happily married to musician, Elvis Costello, and mother to twin nine-year-old boys – who all came on tour with her. And, luckily for us, they all love Brisbane and think it’s a dream destination (especially for young boys) so we can only hope she will come back soon!
Why not have a taste of the Wallpaper album – it’s very easy listening!