Touring in support of her extraordinary new album, Glad Rag Doll, Diana Krall explores exhilarating and adventurous new sounds, instrumentation, and musicians. The songs star a singer and piano player, and are filled with mischief, humor, and a renewed sense of tenderness and intimacy. Krall’s 2009 GRAMMY®-winning album, Quiet Nights, used Brazil as a musical point of reference and landed at #3 on the Billboard 200, her highest-ever position on the chart and her fourth consecutive album to debut within the top 10.
Glad Rag Doll reveals itself at that remarkable vanishing point in time where all music—swinging, rocking, and taboo—collide with songs of longing, solace, and regret, and all are made new again in a vaudeville of Krall’s own imagining. It is at once a major departure and a natural progression for the gifted musician.
Diana simply calls the album “a song and dance record.” In fact, these are songs that Krall has spent a lifetime contemplating. Both her childhood home and her current address are stacked with 78rpm records and song folios filled with precious and unpolished gems, songs that have not worn out their luster from repetition.
Working for the first time with renowned producer T Bone Burnett and engineer Mike Piersante, Krall revels in a fresh sonic playground captured in the vivid grain and deep resonant focus of analog tape. Burnett has assembled a distinguished cast of remarkable men to complement Krall’s piano contribution on a 1890s’ Steinway upright.
As ever with a Diana Krall record, her distinctive feel and unique sense of time is crucial. She has established a new and exciting rhythmic rapport with drummer Jay Bellerose and bassist Dennis Crouch that has let loose some of her most joyous piano playing heard on record to date.
Among the new elements brought into the spontaneous arrangement process are the mysterious and sometimes comedic commentaries coming from the keyboards of Keefus Green.
Diana Krall has collaborated with Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood and acclaimed photographer Mark Seliger to create a series of beautiful and striking images for the new album inspired by Alfred Cheney Johnston’s pictures of the girls of the Ziegfeld Follies taken during the 1920s.
CAPA presents DIANA KRALL
Wednesday, April 24, 8pm
Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.)
Touring in support of her extraordinary new album, Glad Rag Doll, Diana Krall explores exhilarating and adventurous new sounds, instrumentation, and musicians. The songs star a singer and piano player, and are filled with mischief, humor, and a renewed sense of tenderness and intimacy. Tickets are $28-$78 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. Young people between the ages of 13-25 may purchase $5 PNC Arts Alive All Access tickets while available. www.capa.com