Verve/UMe to Reissue Eight Essential Diana Krall Albums In 180-gram Double-LP Vinyl Editions
Los Angeles – June 2, 2016 - As part of Verve Records’ ongoing 60thanniversary celebration, Verve/UMe is proud to announce the July 15release of eight essential Diana Krall albums in 180-gram, 2-LP vinylreissues. The renowned pianist and vocalist has called Verve home forthe vast majority of her illustrious career, and these new versions ofher recordings originally released between 1996 and 2009 showcase manyof her finest moments in lustrous vinyl format.
These reissues, which each feature the original album in its entirety ontwo LPs, range from intimate trio sessions to celebratory big bandoutings, songbook standards to modern pop favorites and memorableoriginal songs. All feature Krall’s expressive voice and deft pianoplaying, along with production by three-time GRAMMY® Award-winner TommyLiPuma.
The series begins with All For You, Krall’s reverent tribute to the NatKing Cole Trio, originally released by impulse! in 1996. The albumfeatures Krall leading a trio with guitarist Russell Malone and bassistPaul Keller through some of the legendary pianist/singer’s most belovedtunes, with guest appearances by pianist Benny Green and percussionistSteve Kroon. Its follow-up, 1997’s Love Scenes, includes 13 of Krall’sfavorite love songs, performed by her trio with Malone and ChristianMcBride on bass.
A distinctly orchestral sound comes to the forefront on Krall’s officialVerve debut, When I Look in Your Eyes, released in 1999. Eight of thealbum’s 13 tracks feature strings conducted by veteran composer/arrangerJohnny Mandel along with an all-star jazz ensemble. The symphonicapproach was expanded even further for The Look of Love (2001), whichspotlights Krall’s vocals backed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Recorded live during Krall’s sold-out run at the legendary Olympia MusicHall in Paris in late 2001, Live in Paris captures the energy and sparkof Krall’s concert performances. The album’s dozen songs feature severalof Krall’s regular collaborators, including guitarist Anthony Wilson,bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Jeff Hamilton, as well asOrchestre Symphonique Européen, conducted by pianist/arranger AlanBroadbent.
The Girl in the Other Room (2004) was Krall’s first release toprominently feature her own original songs, many of them written incollaboration with her husband, Elvis Costello. She returned to theGreat American Songbook for 2006’s From This Moment On, which garnered aBest Jazz Vocal Album nomination at the 2007 GRAMMY® Awards. The seriesconcludes with Krall’s 2009 album, Quiet Nights—her tenthrelease—highlighted by GRAMMY® Award-nominated arrangements fromfrequent collaborator Claus Ogerman.
Diana Krall is a star in a long line of revered and influential artistswho have been featured on Verve throughout the label’s 60 years. Vervewas founded in 1956 by Norman Granz, the forward-thinking impresarioresponsible for the hugely popular Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts,which brought the music to new audiences and garnered jazz anunprecedented level of respect in popular culture. Granz also managedElla Fitzgerald and launched the label in large part to create newopportunities worthy of the singer’s immense talent, including herlandmark series of “Songbook” recordings.
Under the visionary leadership of Granz and, after MGM purchased theimprint in 1961, Creed Taylor, Verve continued to set new trends. Thelabel sparked the Bossa Nova craze with the 1964 release of the GRAMMY®Award-winning Getz/Gilberto and brought a lush, elegant new sound tojazz with the arrangements of Claus Ogerman and Oliver Nelson. Its focuseventually widened to encompass groundbreaking comedy, folk and rockrecordings, including now-iconic releases by The Velvet Underground,Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Janis Ian and Laura Nyro.
It was its jazz legacy that cemented Verve’s place in the popularimagination, however, and after a fallow period in the ‘70s and ‘80sVerve was revived in the mid-1990s, again signing many of the biggestnames in music: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, John Scofield, BettyCarter, Abbey Lincoln and Shirley Horn, all of whom recorded for Verveduring this period.
Over the course of its six-decade history, Verve has become synonymouswith the very best in jazz, venerating the music while charting itscourse and helping to break down racial and stylistic barriers. There’sno better way to celebrate that legacy than with the music itself, and2016’s 60th anniversary releases invite listeners to revisit thebreathtaking sounds of Verve in new and exhilarating ways.