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Article: Dazzling Diana Krall

The jazz pianist and vocalist wowed the crowd at Borgata with her ‘Glad Rag Doll’ show

By Lori Hoffman - Posted Apr. 14, 2013

Diana Krall is touring with a different style of show from her normal gal at the piano with her hot band. The band is still hot and so is Krall, but the setting has been amplified with a more theatrical setting that included a gramophone and upright piano onstage and a continuous video commentary that featuring Tom and Jerry and Betty Boop cartoons as a pre-show intro followed by movie clips, Krall family videos and more.

It was all part of a scheme to bring the audience into the setting of the music, the Roaring Twenties and 1930s plus the occasional modern touch.

When I noted in my review of her splendid album Glad Rag Doll that the songs would fit perfectly into the next season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire I had no idea Krall agreed. Before she arrived onstage, the visual commentary featured Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire’s Nucky Thompson, starring in a music video of the dramatic Glad Rag tune “When the Curtin Comes Down.” About halfway through the video, Krall and her amazing band arrived to sing and play along with Buscemi.

This was a night when the Boardwalk Empire speakeasy Babette’s came to life as Krall dove into her ‘Glad Rag’ collection: the sweet, perky “We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye”; the defiant lover declaring that “There Ain’t No Sweet Man Worth the Salt of My Tears” and the sad wail of “Just Like A Butterfly Caught in the Rain.”

Between songs Krall talked about the weather (she hates March) as a way of explaining that many of the songs in the set would be March-like, dreary and sad, but she promised the occasional ray of sunshine and she delivered on the promise with “The Sunny Side of the Street,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and “I’m A Little Mixed Up.”

And, while her five piece combo was incredible and versatile - Aram Bajakian (guitar), Dennis Crouch (bass), Stuart Duncan (fiddle/guitars), Karriem Riggins (drums) and Patrick Warren (keyboards) – the highlight of the night was when Krall settled down at the upright piano for a solo set that featured “Peel Me A Grape,” Nat King Cole’s “Frim Fram Sauce” and Krall’s tribute to the Ziegfeld Follies girls, “Glad Rag Doll.”

Diana Krall took us along “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams” for a thrilling night of old time music that she imbued with the timeless quality it deserves.

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