The line between dreamy and sleepy is a fine one, and many jazz singers have fallen on the wrong side of it when attempting bossa nova. Diana Krall, however, negotiates it skillfully.... It probably has a lot to do with her honeyed voice, her laid-back delivery, and her experience.
Diana Krall's albums should come with a warning label: Do not use while operating heavy machinery. This is not a knock: Krall's round, relaxed voice is a nuanced instrument ideally suited for, as this album's title indicates, quiet nights.
Diana Krall could fog up the bedroom windows with just a few notes of her sultry voice. Especially on her gorgeous, Brazilian-inspired new CD, Quiet Nights.... The steam that Krall generates is sublime.
In a way, Quiet Nights extends the elegant feel of Krall's last album, the excellent From This Moment On. Her hushed, Shirley Horn-like vocals are warmly embraced by tastefully understated orchestration overseen by the legendary Claus Ogerman.... Quiet Nights simply matches a classy singer with a classic style.
Quiet Nights is a gem of an album, not in the least because it blends the intimacy of a small cabaret combo with the elegance and heft of a full orchestra.