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article imageDiana Krall is spectacular in London Special

By Tim Sandle     Oct 2, 2015 in Music
London - Diana Krall, touring the world as part of her Wallflower concerts, stopped off in London for a couple of nights to play at the Royal Albert Hall. Digital Journal was wowed at the performance.
Diana Krall is a Canadian pianist and singer who, although rooted in the jazz tradition, has a superb ear for old-time music and the cream of luscious pop standards. Krall is currently touring in support of her Wallflower album, which takes her closer into pop music territory (although with a smooth and soulful twist.) For two nights the tour has been playing at London's most prestigious concert hall — the Royal Albert Hall.
Royal Albert Hall October 2015. The concert hall was opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria.
Royal Albert Hall October 2015. The concert hall was opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria.
Digital Journal attended Krall's concert on October 1 and, along with the 5,300 capacity audience, was at times swinging, at times bopping, and at times mesmerized by a superb medleys of music. Following a hip warm up from Ola Onabule, Krall took to the stage and opened with a toe-tapping We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye.
The audience take to their seats as Diana Krall s concert is about to begin. The world s leading art...
The audience take to their seats as Diana Krall's concert is about to begin. The world's leading artists from many performance genres have appeared at the Ropyal Albert Hall.
Most of the set was with Krall accompanied by a highly competent band, who played bass, keyboard, Hammond organ, Spanish guitar, and violin. This ebullient quintet were note perfect. A generous performer, Krall frequently gave space and time to he band, allowing them moments when they could play solo and display their competent skills. This was shown strongest during a 10-minute barnstorming rendition of Tom Waits' song Temptation.
Diana Krall on stage at the Royal Albert Hall as part of her Wallflower tour. October 2015.
Diana Krall on stage at the Royal Albert Hall as part of her Wallflower tour. October 2015.
For other songs, Krall played solo on her piano, which showed just how talented she is. At one stage she asked the audience for requests and, based on this, gave a lively, ragtime infused rendition of Fats Waller's Your Feet's Too Big.
A glimpse of the Diana Krall concert set at the Royal Albert Hall  London  in October 2015.
A glimpse of the Diana Krall concert set at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in October 2015.
The music on offering spiraled from the 1920s through to 1960s and 1970s pop, including versions of a Jon Mitchell song (A Case of You) and a sultry cover of California Dreamin', the song made famous by The Mamas & the Papas. With Krall's version the song was enhanced by the soft cords of the Hammond organ. The title track of her new album, Bob Dylan's Wallflower, was given a country ballad glow.
One of the best songs played was Just Like a Butterfly That’s Caught in the Rain, during which Krall's vocals became very moving indeed. Another stand-out was Let’s Face the Music and Dance, which brought Krall's piano skills to the fore.
The set was superbly decorated with old radios and radiograms, giving it a vintage jazz club feel (quite a feat for one of the biggest venues in London.) Sometimes clips from old movies were played as a backdrop. These were superbly edited, sometimes synchronous with the music being performed.
One of the film clips played at the Diana Krall concert at the Royal Albert Hall. This one had girls...
One of the film clips played at the Diana Krall concert at the Royal Albert Hall. This one had girls, fairy-like, dancing and moving.
The encore featured three songs: the crowd-pleasing S’Wonderful, which was followed by East of the Sun and West of the Moon and a closing the night out, boogie strong Ophelia.
The most touching moment came at the end of the encore when Krall paid tribute to her family, including husband (singer-songwriter Elvis Costello) and her children. An image of her two children appeared as an thermographic image as a backdrop. With the song completed, the audience gave Krall and her band a well-deserved standing ovation.
Concert ticket for Diana Krall s 2015 Wallflower tour.
Concert ticket for Diana Krall's 2015 Wallflower tour.
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