DIANA KRALL > Quiet Nights
Dusky voiced and restrained without straining, Diana Krall is the thinking man’s sensual wading pool. Economy to her elegantly old school piano playing, Tommy LiPuma manages to craft an understated lushness that harkens back to a time when sophistication was the ultimate aspiration-and cocktail noir was mystery and an invitation. Embracing a collection of standards, she slinks through “The Girl From Ipanema,” “You’re My Thrill” and “Quiet Nights” with a quiet storm rapture. “Walk On By” shudders with stoic sadness, while “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry” luxuriates in the strings and Krall’s whispery confession of surrendering to the ache. Grown-up. Luxurious. Intelligent. Everything fans of saloon Sinatra could dream-delivered by a woman whose renderings are heart, vulnerability and a certain Zen erotica.