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Diana Krall returns to the small group + orchestra sound she does so well / Texas Public Radio

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After detours into snoozing '70s soft rock, 1920s jazz, and bossa nova on her last three albums respectively, Diana Krall returns to the small group + orchestra sound she does so well for her best studio album of standards since 1999's "When I Look In Your Eyes." This new release, "Turn Up The Quiet," finds Krall collaborating with many of her previous partners, including guitarist Russell Malone, and the rhythm section of John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums. Alan Broadbent provides the tasteful orchestrations on several of the tunes.

Krall sounds most at home in the great American songbook, and you'll find plenty of gems here by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Irving Berlin, and Johnny Mercer. But there are some real surprises and discoveries as well, such as Krall's hypnotic take on "Sway," by Norman Gimbel, Pablo Rodriguez and Luís Molina. With its unhurried pace, it's the longest cut on the album, and maybe the longest cut on any of Krall's previous albums. It doesn't feel like it, though, as the orchestra lulls the listener into a state of sun-drenched bliss.  READ THE FULL Texas Public Radio REVIEW