August 1, 2021

Diana Krall, jazz and Christmas, the perfect union | Culture

Singer Diana Krall.

The love of music comes to the Canadian Diana Krall of descent. His grandfather was a European immigrant who crossed the Atlantic with little money but who had a piano. In an interview with The weekly country On the occasion of the launch of his latest album, he said that he always remembered his grandfather sitting at the piano and playing music at family evenings. Now, with EL PAÍS, she is launching an album ready to liven up what is surely one of the times with the most family nights of the year, for better or for worse, Christmas. Christmas Songs It is accompanied by a booklet and is put on sale with EL PAÍS on Sunday, December 18.

Jazz at the kiosk

Christmas Songs It goes on sale on December 18 and can be purchased with the newspaper for 9.95 euros. It is a book-disc with 12 Christmas classics and texts by specialized journalists. It will remain for four weeks on sale at newsstands.

The winner of five grammys and author of 12 albums of which more than 15 million copies have been sold around the world, in this work she reviews some Christmas classics from her particular vision of jazz: the one that dazzles fans of this genre. Melodies already recognized by the public as Let it snow, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is coming to town (also performed at the time by Bruce Springsteen) or White Christmas are mixed with other less popular themes but just as charming as Christmas time is here O Winter Wonderland (versioned by Eurythmics in 1987).

Jazz and Christmas make an almost perfect union. Music designed to awaken good intentions and let yourself go, interpreted this time by Krall’s soft and powerful voice and by his magic on the piano. “A Christmas album by Diana Krall had to come as something natural and it should be celebrated as a great little moment for the genre,” writes journalist Fernando Navarro in the prologue of the book that accompanies the album.

Those in charge of accompanying Krall on this album are the members of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, a band born in Los Angeles in 1986 that has accompanied great artists such as Charles Aznavour and has obtained a Grammy nomination. The libretto includes a guide to the 12 songs that explains what each of them meant when they were released and the personal touch of the interpreter in this recording.

Krall began his successful career in the 90s and soon gained recognition for his ability to make jazz close to the public. As Carlos Pérez de Ziriza writes in the book-album: “A global success that was due not only to his extraordinary ability to liquefy the classical dictates of jazz, but also to his expertise in adjoining styles close to pop, and covering everything with the charm and image of a personality that seemed born to succeed ”.