A good concert is an occasion to make new friends. You leave the venue satisfied. The soul filled with goodness.
Diana Krall and her four piece ensemble did just that.
Exploring and paying homage to the likes of Cole Porter, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, Diana reminded everyone why music was created and how diverse the beauty may be.
Commencing with the tune Deed I Do, the punters quite aware the evening would be a treat. Rarely does such talent grace Place des Arts all at once. Rarely does such grace inhabit the talent all at once. Anthony Wilson (guitar), Robert Hurst ( Bass), Karriem Riggins (drums) and Stuart Duncan (violin) displayed such touch on their respective instruments. Such finesse. Such magnificence. They were so good, at times, Krall could be seen watching and listening in awe. When ‘ the boss’ is happy the product must be good.
The Turn up the Quiet Tour is named after Diana’s new album. Following a long excursion overseas, Krall is back on home turf and Montreal – according to Krall, ‘feels like home’.
The Montreal International Jazz Festival was one of the most important building blocks in Krall’s steps to Juno and Grammy Awards. Last night, the love affair was evident with a few people yelling out ‘ we love you Diana’. Krall shouting back ‘ I love you too’. One fan even managed to alter the encore. ‘S’Wonderful – the brilliant Ira and George Gershwin ballad replacing the scheduled song as an audience request.
Turn Up the Quiet , the album, is a return to The Great American Songbook for Krall. A place where she discovered her talents and passion. Isn’t it Romantic, Blue Skies and Sunny Sideof the Street were delightfully displayed live and the band took turns implementing their skills within each. Waits’ Temptation, as close to a Rock song as you’ll get in a Krall concert. A tad demonic with the stage lit up in Satan’s color. A rendition perfect to break the theme of the show yet keeping it within the boundaries of jazz. Within the boundaries of Waits.
All these years later, Canada’s favorite musical daughter is all grown up. Now a wife and Mother. Those life changing facts are essential to understanding a Krall concert. Mellow, relaxed and with that old Diana sneaking around just under the stage. Popping up every now and again. Playful with an attitude.
Wonder if the old Diana and the new one are friends? Judging by the return to Jazz standards they are.
In the past year, many musicians from all genres have been kind enough to speak with me. Giving their time and music to share stories and insights from the world of music.
Tales of recordings, the dynamics of bands or plain anecdotes from where they come.
To siphon the interviews into a tank of top ten – both unfair and impossible. Each artist, regardless of status, unique in their own skin. People are people.
Below is a list of my favorite interviews from 2016. The ones which, for one reason or another, stood out and continue to reverberate inside my head and sustaining a lasting impression.
Here now are my
Top Ten Favorite 2016 Interviews !
Thanks for Listening!
10. Rob Garcia
Rob was Woody Allen’s drummer for many years in New York. One of the top ten Jazz drummers on the circuit and a veritable potpourri of musical information.
9. Chaim Tannenbaum
The Godfather of Canadian Folk music. A ‘muse’ for Martha and Rufus Wainright. A true songwriter who – after all these years, released his first album.
8. Corey Diabo
The guitarist for Jonas and The Massive Attraction shared his thoughts on Chuck Berry, The Blues and Rock n Roll. From the perspective of a guitar player – interesting …
7. Richard Murrin
A Montreal singer / songwriter who took on a personal task of writing a song a day. Not only did he accomplish his goals, every song is great ! Amazing !
6. Mike Jones
Mike, a versatile pianist who has mastered the keys unlike very many, stumbled upon a magical gig. Playing piano for Penn and Teller !
5. Steve Hill
On the heels of a Juno Award and several Maple Blues Awards, Trois Rivieres’ prodigal son returns to Rick Keene Music Scene. The same down-to-earth guy he has always been …
4. Paul Marchand
The documentary director placed his heart and soul into the making of Jaco. The life of bassist Jaco Pastorius. A love affair which shines through in my chat.
3. Ron Sexsmith
One of Canada’s best singers / musicians and songwriters. Ron speaks of his new album. A name every music fan should be acquainted with.
2. Nanette Workman
Not too many people can say they sang back up on ‘ Can’t Always get What You Want’ – the Stones’ classic song. One of the first females to make a name in the music business.
1. Delfeayo Marsalis
The brother of Wynton and Branford. The first family of New Orleans and possibly – American Jazz. A real insight into America as it enters a new phase. Great tunes from Delfeayo’s Grammy nominated album; Make America Great Again !
Thanks to all the musicians who took time to speak with me! Every interview is a Top Ten !