"I wanted to make these songs sound like they were written yesterday," Diana Krall said of the 15 essential performances that comprise 2007's The Very Best of Diana Krall, her first-ever best-of release. The sublime collection distills highlights from Krall's first decade and a half as a recording artist, during which time the Canadian-born singer/pianist's cool, expressive vocals and sensitive, soulful piano work won her international stardom.
While Krall's unprecedented commercial success redefined the rules of the jazz market, she remained true to her deep roots in bop and swing. Drawing upon a deep well of material from America's pop and jazz traditions, she's created consistently compelling, distinctive music by infusing time-honored songs with her own abundant musicality and charisma.
The Very Best of Diana Krall includes personalized interpretations of timeless vintage standards by such composers as George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Van Heusen & Cahn, and Bacharach & David. The material encompasses the lush romanticism of "'S Wonderful," the playfully seductive humor of "Peel Me A Grape" and the yearning balladry of "I've Got You Under My Skin." Krall also demonstrates her versatility with musical settings that range from the playful swing of "Frim Fram Sauce" to the intimate bossa nova of "The Look of Love."
The collection also features three previously unreleased performances, a moody, evocatively orchestrated reading of the Frank Sinatra classic "Only the Lonely," a pensive reading of "You Go To My Head," a standard popularized by Sinatra and Billie Holiday, and an inventive reworking of Tom Waits' "The Heart of Saturday Night," the latter demonstrating Krall's ability to apply her interpretative abilities to contemporary material.