“I’m not really sure how to answer that question,” Diana Krall said when asked during a recent interview what it is like being one of the world’s most popular jazz singers. “It’s just my life.” The implication was clear: she does her job because she loves it, not for fame or fortune.
But now, decades after releasing her first album in 1993 and more than 25 years since laying down tracks with pianist Joe Sample on their 1986 duet “Don’t Look Back,” Krall has found herself at the top of the heap as an artist who transcends genre boundaries. “The thing is that I’ve always loved what I do,” she said.
“It’s just a blessing to have this happen.” At 57, Krall has released her 17th album and first-ever live record with the backing of her longtime band — guitarist Anthony Wilson, drummer Jeff Hamilton, pianist Renee Rosnes and bassist John Clayton Jr. It was recorded at last year’s jazz festival in Montreux on July 11&ndash12;the only time they played together as a group following their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Quincy Jones earlier in 2011. In addition to songs from throughout her career – including tunes like Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll” and Johnny