I enjoyed the earlier recordings of Diana Krall, especially "All for You" and my favorite "Steppin' Out". Ms. Krall can swing. I saw her live in a small venue in St. Louis a few years ago and really enjoyed the intimate setting. I have been disappointed in the lush orchestral recordings she has made recently and have passed on buying the last few albums.
Quite frankly, I rented this because I was having "Jeff Hamilton withdrawl". I am a great fan of Jeff Hamilton and consider him to be the finest jazz drummer that ever lived. In addition to Jeff's wonderful presence, we also are treated to the artistry of John Clayton on bass. Since the sad passing of Ray Brown this past July, it is quite likely that John is the finest living jazz bassist.
In short, this video is a treat. There is a nice mix of small group jazz and orchestral big band jazz. The orchestral music is nicely arranged, and swings more than the last couple of CDs. There is not a bad song in the entire concert.
I got my fix. It was great to see Jeff and John again. Oh, and the piano player was pretty good, too. <grin>. This is a must-see for jazz fans.
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