On September 25, Verve Records will release Glad Rag Doll, a new album by Diana Krall. The 47-year-old singer/songwriter calls the 11-track disc a “song and dance record.” It’s hard to know yet exactly what she means by that, but what is known is that she sings a lot of old songs on the album while tickling the ivories of an 1890s Steinway upright. Joining her is a cast of stellar supporting players, including guitarists Marc Ribot, Bryan Sutton and Colin Linden; drummer Jay Bellerose; bassist Dennis Crouch; keyboardist Keefus Green; and multi-instrumentalist Howard Coward. T Bone Burnett, who produced the album, also contributes some guitar work.
Though the majority of the album’s tracks date to the first half of the 20th century, Krall and company did their best to avoid sounding musty. “We all just went in there as if the songs were written yesterday,” she says. “I didn’t want to make a period piece or nostalgia record.”
To get some sense of album’s sound and Krall’s intent, here’s one of its featured tracks, Fred Fisher’s “There Ain’t No Sweet Man That’s Worth the Salt of My Tears.” http://soundcloud.com/vervemusicgroup/there-aint-no-sweet-man-thats/s-x7Vwi
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