Canada's Diana Krall became the biggest jazz star of the 1990s and 2000s by stripping things back to the bare essentials of eras past. Always a sharp, slinky pianist who came to fame using Nat King Cole/Oscar Peterson's drum-free trio format, Krall steadily improved as a vocalist, taking cues on sensual phrasing from Peggy Lee, Shirley Horn and bossa nova artists such as João Gilberto. Already a crossover bestseller, Krall went orchestra on the classy When I Look in Your Eyes (1998) and The Look of Love (2001) before reminding people of her unadorned piano prowess and trio leader with 2002's Live in Paris. Marrying rocker and music nut Elvis Costello resulted in many original compositions they co-wrote for 2004's The Girl in the Other Room and a holiday album the following year. While America has mishandled jazz in the digital age, Krall's star shines as bright as ever in Europe, where the bossa nova set Quiet Nights (2009) and Glad Rag Doll (2012) make her the rare mainstream jazz artist to place highly on the all-genre album charts.
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