LADY D’s DELIGHT — Or: A Swingin’ Tribute To Diana Krall & Her New Album “GLAD RAG DOLL”

As many stars in Hollywood use to claim: “I never read reviews.”

And so, Brew recommends:

Go for Diana Krall’s new album GLAD RAG DOLL, but don’t read those slams @anazoom (no link); ’cause those are not worth one bit of the virtual “paper” they’re written on. — Period.

The album is a true gem. It’s the proverbial labor of love, the résumé of a grown up artist. In other words: Diana Krall became a musician’s singer… f-i-n-a-l-l-y.

We all knew already that she can sing a song; now, she has something essential to say too:

Life is great, even when it’s rough.

I hear that she deepened her piano style, that she added quite a punch; sometimes a little Erroll Garner is happily shining through; this Lady really swings! — All those strings are gone… for good… AND forever, I strongly hope.

And so, Brew, the bluesiest of all German buglers shouts:

Keep on swingin’ on, Diana!

While looking through my record collection, I’ve compiled a little playlist, containing some of the older songs (from 1921 to 1961) which you would find in brand new, in mostly swinging, sometimes rocking modern renditions on Lady D’s CD, arranged by T-Bone Burnett:

Some Of Glad Rag Diana Doll’s, err, Krall’s Originals

01 I Used To Love You (But It’s All Over Now) – Frank Crumit, 1921 – 2:48
02 Just Like A Butterfly That’s Caught In The Rain – Ipana Troubadors, 1927 – 3:15
03 There Ain’t No Sweet Man Worth The Salt Of My Tears – Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra, accompanying “The Rhythm Boys” (Bing Crosby, Harry Barris and Al Rinker), Bix Beiderbecke & Frank Trumbauer, 1928 – 3:32

— Now, 3 x’s in a row, from 1928, respectively ’29, the title tune of the CD:

Glad Rag Doll

04 Ted Lewis & His Band, 1928 – 2:56
05 Ruth Etting, 1929 – 3:23
06 Earl Hines, 1929 – 2:43
07 Prairie Lullaby – Jimmie Rodgers, 1932 – 3:16
08 Here Lies Love – Bing Crosby, 1932 – 3:12

— Again, now even 4 x’s in a row (Sorry, but I promise: It won’t be boring!):

I Used To Love You (But It’s All Over Now)

09 Fats Waller & His Rhythm, 1939 – 2:48
10 Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra, 1939 – 2:47
11 Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra, 1941 – 3:01
12 Irene Daye with Charlie Spivak & His Orchestra, ca. 1943 – 2:29
13 Just Like A Butterfly That’s Caught In The Rain – Teddy Wilson Trio, 1947 – 2:50
14 I’m A Little Mixed Up – Betty James, 1961 – 2:48


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6 Responses to LADY D’s DELIGHT — Or: A Swingin’ Tribute To Diana Krall & Her New Album “GLAD RAG DOLL”

  1. buioomega says:

    A labour of love, Brewsk. A downright fantastic mix, not a single weak tune in the bag. BIG THANKS!!

  2. One of my favorite Fats Waller songs. And thanks for introducing me to a lot of grand artists I didn’t know.

  3. More lingerie model than happy rag doll. They should sell the CD via Victoria’s Secret.
    Remarkable job, btw. Lady Di seems to have a huge record collection.

  4. Brett K. says:

    Thank you for the playlist. Very impressing.

  5. Let us start with one word: Excellence.
    Your posting goes far beyond average journalism and reveals a deep understanding of jazz and its history. It should be the blueprint for any serious examination of music.

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