Submitted by TheArtfulBlogger on 10 October 2012 - 7:04pm
What's it called?:
Glad Rag Doll
What does it sound like?:
Any fans of T Bone Burnett’s production techniques will adore this album. Loaded with new interpretations of songs from the 1920’s & 30’s, it combines country, jazz and vaudeville into one atmospheric dose of old time Americana. I’ve always appreciated Diana Krall’s work without particularly enjoying it, but this one hits home. The warmth of this record renders any skip, pause and stop buttons superfluous for about 40 minutes. I’m not sure he’s credited, but I think I can detect “Mr Krall’s” vocal harmony on the track Wide River To Cross. It deserves to be the hit album of the winter, and if it doesn’t win a grammy , I’ll eat my sandwich. Comes out next week in the UK, but in the meantime it can be streamed from here. http://totallyfuzzy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/diana-krall-glad-rag-doll-album-stream.html For my money this is the perfect autumnal album that can be enjoyed with or without the controversial accompanying imagery (see below). My vote is in the “with” camp.)
What does it all *mean*?:
The album has split opinion in the Jazz fraternity. Not for any musical ambiguities, but because of the album cover. A series of beautiful images taken by Mark Seligar inspired by the girls of the 1920’s Ziegfeld Follies has some of them fuming!
Goes well with …:
A quiet night in front of the fire with either a glass in hand or someone you love sitting close by. It's the sort of music that makes me wish I had a dog to stroke.
Might suit people who like …:
The Robert Plant & Allison Krauss combo or anyone who is struggling to get a foot in the door of Jazz. I can’t think of a more gentle introduction to the genre.