Take the aural equivalent of a moonlight dip in the ocean with Diana Krall’s latest valentine to the blissfulness of the bossa nova called “Quiet Nights.”
Lord knows the world doesn’t need another version of “The Boy From Ipanema” but Krall has such teasing fun with the tune, you’ll forgive her anything. She also manages to leave her imprint on other Antonio Carlos Jobim standards like “Quiet Nights” and “Este Seu Olhar.”
As with Krall’s 2001 multi-platinum success “The Look of Love,” also inspired by the languid beauty of Brazilian music, the singer/pianist mixes and matches classics from the Great American Songbook (“Where or When,” “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry”) with more contemporary pop treats (Burt Bacharach’s “Walk On By” and the Bee Gees’ “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”). It’s to Krall’s credit that the resulting twelve tracks flow together as seamlessly as if she’d written them all herself.
It helps Krall’s cause that she’s working from arrangements by Claus Ogerman, the genius behind the classic “Francis Albert Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim” album. Krall doesn’t reach the heights that Frank reached – who has? – but with tracks like “You’re My Thrill,” “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” and “Too Marvelous for Words,” she delivers a most delicious refreshment. (2009; Verve Music Group)
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[Amy Longsdorf’s entertainment coverage has appeared in “Blender,” “People,” the “Chicago Tribune,” the “Toronto Star,” and “Newsday.” She doesn’t want to imagine a world without Preston Sturges movies, Stax singles, and the music of Bob Marley.]