"Live in Paris" comes after a string of wildly successful studio albums and a steady touring schedule that has made her one of jazz’s biggest stars.
Krall is a straight-forward performer who comes out and lets her music do the talking. She may occasionally offer a clever quip or two, but there’s little between-song patter during her shows. And, you won’t find any on "Live in Paris."
Instead, Krall offers good performances of some of her best material.She and her band perform a strong mix of ballads and uptempo numbers, most of which have appeared on her earlier CDs. In several cases, however, the live performances out do the studio versions.
Take "S’Wonderful" for example. On the live recording, Krall is much looser, tossing in some mini-scats and deft piano playing that’s missing from the over-polished studio version found on her glossy 2001 release, "The Look of Love."
The same goes for "East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)," which appeared on 1999’s "When I Look in your Eyes." The live version sizzles with energy fueled by Krall’s piano solo and John Clayton’s work on bass.
Listeners will also get a kick out of her calling out "Ray Brown, Ray Brown," at the end of her long-time opener, "I Love Being Here With You."
With Krall, it’s all about the smoky voice. A combination of heartache and bliss, it provides all the right touches to Joni Mitchell’s bittersweet lyrics on "A Case of You." Krall is alone at the piano for the number, her first recorded version of the song.
The CD also includes a bonus track of Krall performing Billy Joel’s "Just The Way You Are" from the upcoming soundtrack to the film "The Guru."
"Live in Paris" captures a typical Krall performance. There’s also a companion DVD.