With her No. 1 jazz album, “Turn Up the Quiet,” Krall returned to Woodinville for a magical night.
Riding the success of her No. 1 jazz album, “Turn Up the Quiet” released by Verve Records in May, masterful Canadian singer-pianist Diana Krall delivered a magical, expressive concert Friday at Chateau Ste. Michelle to a sold-out crowd on the winery lawn.
Seated at the piano, wearing a floor-length black print dress, Krall ranged through a sample of songs from the romantic new album, as well as other tunes in a delightful variety of moods, a program Krall described as an “emotional weather report.” Though she hit a few scratchy notes at the start (thanks to the onset of a mild cold), by the time Krall and her crackerjack band got to their playful rendition of “Blue Skies” – which included an interpolation of Thelonious Monk’s be-bop take on the tune, “In Walked Bud” – she leaned into the evening with relaxed abandon.
“I’m having a tremendous time,” she said, then launched into a jaunty “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”
One of the evening’s great pleasures was the band’s quick-witted interplay. On a vigorously up-tempo version of Peggy Lee’s “I Don’t Know Enough About You,” guitarist Anthony Wilson dropped in a quote from “Sweet Georgia Brown,” which was echoed by fiddler Stuart Duncan, then again by Krall at the piano.
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But the crowd most likely went home humming “Sway,” the slinky, steamily seductive tune from the new album, which Krall lingered over with luxurious languor. A long jam on Tom Waits’ “Temptation” evoked a similarly smoky mood, reinforced visually by the rise of a crescent moon, which hung in the sky the rest of the evening.
Krall followed “Temptation” with her spine-tingling version of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” drawing the crowd fully into her world, as only she can.
Other highlights of the evening included an upbeat, Nat Cole-like rendition of “L-O-V-E”; a pellucid and perfectly-phrased version of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Quiet Nights,” and a nicely-pumping “Moonglow.” Her 90-plus-minute set concluded with a lickety-split “Just You, Just Me” and a rollicking, boogie-down encore of The Band’s “Ophelia.”
This was Krall’s first appearance at the Chateau since 2012. One only hopes she does not stay away so long again.