Diana Krall has marked the release today (25) of her new Verve Records album This Dream Of You by sharing the video for its track “Autumn In New York.” It follows the revered jazz vocal stylist’s earlier previews of the full set with Irving Berlin’s “How Deep Is The Ocean” and “I Wished On The Moon,” first made famous by Bing Crosby.
“Autumn In New York” is Krall’s cinematic ode to the city. The video is directed by her longtime collaborator and friend Mark Seliger, and is presented as a visual compliment to the singer’s loving, hopeful performance of the song. The clip also raises awareness for New York Cares, the largest volunteer network in New York City.
Krall produced the album herself this May, and it was mixed by Al Schmitt, who worked closely with the artist to achieve a particular intimacy and immediacy to her voice in the sonic balance. The performances in the set are from sessions in 2016 and 2017, which have added poignancy since they were collaborations with her friend and longtime creative partner Tommy LiPuma, who died in 2017 at 80.
Bespoke quartets, trios and duos
Krall heads a quartet line-up on some tracks that includes such long-standing collaborators as John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton and Anthony Wilson on “Almost Like Being In Love” and “That’s All.” On the aforementioned “Autumn in New York” and “There’s No You,” the trio format spotlights Christian McBride and Russell Malone.
Among the duo performances, “I Wished On The Moon” is a first-take recording by Krall and bassist John Clayton. On two vocal cuts, “More Than You Know” and “Don’t Smoke In Bed,” she’s accompanied by Alan Broadbent on piano. He also provided the string orchestration for “But Beautiful” and the string arrangement on “Autumn In New York.”
An ensemble finale
The final, ensemble session for This Dream Of You took place at Capitol Studios featuring guitarist Marc Ribot, Stuart Duncan on fiddle and a rhythm section with Tony Garnier on bass and Karriem Riggins on drums. They’re featured on “Just You, Just Me,” “How Deep Is The Ocean” and the Bob Dylan song that gives the album its title, on which Randall Krall plays accordion.
Krall herself notes the emotional arc of the album and its opening and closing tracks when she says: “If ‘But Beautiful’ is the overture, then ‘Singing In The Rain’ is the end title.” In a statement, she adds: “This Dream Of You is a new album that I have produced from sessions that took place in 2016 and 2017, leading up to Turn Up the Quiet, but it is very far from a record of outtakes or unfinished music.
“A great friend and creative partner”
“When Tommy Lipuma died shortly before TUTQ was released, I lost not only a great friend but my creative partner,” notes Krall. “Earlier this year, I realized that I still had work to do in preparing the large repertoire covered in those 2016-2017 sessions for this new album. I’m glad to say that record leads off with ‘But Beautiful,’ a performance that Tommy loved with all his heart and the last song we were able to complete together.
“Some of these performances have unavoidable poignance,” Krall goes on. “In days when one cannot easily travel to New York, in autumn or any other season, I have to believe that there is still a place for hope even in a city of struggle and change.”
This Dream Of You is out now and can be bought here.
The full This Dream Of You tracklist is:
“Autumn In New York”
“Almost Like Being In Love”
“More Than You Know”
“Just You, Just Me”
“There’s No You”
“Don’t Smoke In Bed”
“This Dream Of You”
“I Wished On The Moon”
“How Deep Is The Ocean”
“Singing In The Rain”