Originally Posted by Carmantom
Apparently Christian McBride, her bassist, and by the "World acclaimed Afro-American Jazz Musician", thinks she's good enough to play with. He can play for anyone in the world and does his own work.
Well, jazz economics being what they are, I think it'd be odd for a bass player to turn down one of the highest-paying gigs on the international jazz circuit.
Krall doesn't just hang out with Elvis Costello; they're married.
Personally, I don't care for her voice, but she's actually a well above-average pianist...I remember her making a decent piano-trio album before someone convinced her that the money was in singing. Interestingly enough, Nat Cole, who's obviously one of her idols, started his career the same way, only once he became a pop singing star he damn-near stopped performing on piano.
Geez, there're sooooo
many singers better than Krall. Even without mentioning the first tier (Ella, Billie, Sarah, Anita, Carmen McRae, June Christy, Peggy Lee, etc.), you still don't have to look hard to find singers who are miles above her (Helen Merrill? Susannah McCorkle?). As for singers of Krall's generation, it'd be great if more folks heard the genius that is Paula West
. I think she's about as good as it gets right now.