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Diana Krall is happy with her big body of work
The good news for Diana Krall is that with an even dozen albums out -- not including live releases -- she has a formidable body of work to tap whenever she hits the stage.
Of course, there's not always as good as it might sound.
"We have so much music to play and such a short amount of time -- 75 minutes, 90 minutes," Krall, 50, says by phone. "Lots of people want to hear lots of different things. I just try to play everything in 75 minutes. Sometimes it leans more towards traditional stuff, jazz tunes. Sometimes it's more (contemporary). We'll do some tunes we've never recorded before.
"That keeps it nice for everybody. I feel like I'm at this point in this life where if people want to come out and hear us, I've got an amazing band that can play anything. So we try to do that."
Krall -- who has twin sons with husband Elvis Costello -- has added to her musical coffers with her latest album, "Wallflower." Produced by fellow Canadian David Foster, it's a collection of pop and rock covers offering Krall's jazz-influenced arrangements on songs by Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Eagles, Elton John, the Mamas and the Papas and others -- with Michael Buble dueting Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)" and Bryan Adams joining for Randy Newman's "Feels Like Home."
"When David and I talked, we decided not to do a jazz or new standards album," Krall says. "We wanted to do pop songs from the era I knew growing up, from radio, and just try to do a really beautiful, orchestral record with great musicians and pretty much honor what the composers wrote." The set also reacquainted Krall with some creative paths that have influenced her over the years.
"Something like 'Desperado,' that comes from Linda Ronstadt for me, not the Eagles," she explains. "And then a lot of Linda I listened to where those (standards) albums she did with Nelson Riddle, 'What's New?' and the others. That was kind of a big deal when she did those albums; 'Wow, LInda Ronstadt's doing a standards record!' I greatly admired that, so I feel like I returned the favor (on 'Wallflower')."
Krall says she and her band -- which includes Detroit drummer Karriem Riggins -- are dipping into "Wallflower" during their concerts this summer. Meanwhile, she's "always" thinking about what comes next -- which she says can be as much of a challenging as figuring out what to play in her limited amount of time on stage.
"Oh, that's the divine frustration we have as artists -- What are we gonna do next?" Krall says. "We only get 12 songs to do it in, and I'm so interested in so many things. I've been listening to (Joni Mitchell's) 'Hissing of Summer Lawns' a lot, so I wake up with a lot of Joni in my head. Then I think of Tom Waits, and I've always thought of Sinatra and Nat Cole.
"There's so much. I don't think I'll ever run out of ideas."
8 p.m. Friday, July 31.
Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills.
Tickets are $35-$75 pavilion, $15 lawn with a $45 lawn four-pack.
Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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