The Girl in the Other Room is the eighth album by jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall. For the first time, she performs songs that she co-wrote with her husband Elvis Costello. The album has already gone top 5 in the UK and debuted high on the Billboard 200 in May 2004. Billboard ranked album at number 7 on the magazine's Top Jazz Albums of the Decade.
The making of the album
Diana Krall wrote some of the songs for the album with Elvis Costello. Krall told USA Today that she had wanted to try songwriting before but lacked the confidence. "I started writing when I was a student but didn't really have the confidence to (pursue) lyric-writing in great depth. I've never done anything so personal."
On the Verve Records website, Diana Krall explains the songwriting for the album in more detail. "Musically composed by Krall alone, these songs mark a lyrical collaboration with her new husband, Elvis Costello. Explaining how they worked, Krall said: "I wrote the music and then Elvis and I talked about what we wanted to say. I told him stories and wrote pages and pages of reminiscences, descriptions and images, and he put them into tighter lyrical form. For "Departure Bay," I wrote down a list of things that I love about home, things I realized were different, even exotic, now that I've been away".
"Departure Bay" is written about her hometown Nanaimo, British Columbia on Vancouver Island and the first Christmas without her mother and finishes the album. The penultimate song on the album "I'm Coming Through" is also about the death of her mother.
As well as the songs she co-wrote with Elvis Costello, Krall departs from the standards she has sung on previous albums by performing songs by contemporary performers such as Costello, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell as well as a Chris Smither song previously performed by Bonnie Raitt. She also performs Mose Allison's "Stop This World".
The album reached the Top 5 in the UK, the Australian top 40 album charts and made a strong debut on the Billboard 200. "Temptation", a cover of the Tom Waits song off his Frank's Wild Years album of 1987 has reached number 1 of the World Jazz Charts (based on the US, Germany, France, Japan and China) and reached the US Top 40 on the pop charts.
*Diana Krall: Vocals, Piano
*Peter Erskine: drums on "Stop This World", "Almost Blue", and tracks 7 to 12
*Jeff Hamilton: drums on "The Girl In The Other Room", "I've Changed My Address", and "Love Me Like A Man"
*Terri Lyne Carrington: drums on "Temptation"
*Christian McBride: Bass on "Stop This World", "Temptation", "Almost Blue", and tracks 7 to 12
*John Clayton: Bass on "The Girl In The Other Room", "I've Changed My Address", and "Love Me Like A Man"
*Neil Larsen: Hammond B-3 on "Temptation"
*Anthony Wilson: Guitar
*Recorded by Al Schmitt at Capitol Studios, Hollywood and at Avatar Studios, New York
*Avatar Studios Assistant: Brian Montgomery
*Capitol Studios ProTools Engineer: Steve Genewick
*Mixed by Al Schmitt at Capitol Studios, Hollywood
*Mastered by Robert Hadley and Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles
*Production coordinator: Marsha Black
*Photography: Mark Seliger
*Art Director: Hollis King
*Booklet back cover photo: DJ Hunter
*Design: Isabelle Wong/Isthetic
*Photo Production: Donna Ranieri
*Release Coordinators: John Newcott and Kelly Pratt
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Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC (born November 16, 1964) is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide; altogether, she has sold more albums than any other female jazz artist during the 1990s and 2000s. On December 11, 2009, Billboard magazine named her the second Jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade, establishing herself as one of the best-selling artists of her time. She is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums.http To date, she has won three Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards.
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In 1993, Krall released her first album, Stepping Out, which she recorded with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton. It caught the attention of producer Tommy LiPuma, who produced her second album, Only Trust Your Heart (1995).
Her third album, All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio (1996), was nominated for a Grammy and continued for 70 weeks in the Billboard jazz charts. Love Scenes (1997) quickly became a hit record with the trio of Krall, Russell Malone (guitar) and Christian McBride (bass).
In August 2000, Krall was paired on a 20-city tour with Tony Bennett. They were paired again for a song on the TV series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...
Orchestral arrangements by Johnny Mandel provided the background on When I Look In Your Eyes (1999). The band mix was kept, following arrangements on The Look of Love (2001) created by Claus Ogerman; this record achieved platinum status and reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The title track from the album, a cover of the Casino Royale standard popularized in the late 1960s by Dusty Springfield and Sérgio Mendes, reached number 22 on the adult contemporary chart.
In September 2001, Krall began a world tour. Her concert at the Paris Olympia was recorded and released as her first live record, Diana Krall - Live in Paris. The album included covers of Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are" (a hit on U.S. smooth jazz radio) and Joni Mitchell's "A Case Of You."
After marrying Elvis Costello, she worked with him as a lyricist and started to compose her own songs, resulting in the album The Girl in the Other Room. The album, released in April 2004, quickly rose to the top five in the United Kingdom and made the Australian top 40 album charts.
She also joined Ray Charles on his Genius Loves Company album in 2004 on the song, "You Don't Know Me".
In late May 2007, Krall was featured in a Lexus ad campaign. She also sang, "Dream a Little Dream of Me" with piano accompaniment by pianist Hank Jones.
Quiet Nights, her latest album, was released on 31 March 2009.
Krall also produced Barbra Streisand's album Love Is the Answer, released on 29 Sep 2009.
To protest the blockade of Gaza and in the aftermath of the Israeli assault on the vessel MV Mavi Marmara on 31 May 2010, many artists scheduled to perform in Israel in mid-2010 joined the ongoing boycott against these reported actions. Among them was Krall's husband, Elvis Costello. Krall, by contrast, performed in Ra'anana, Israel's outdoor amphitheater before a large and appreciative crowd on 4 August 2010.
Krall was born on November 16, 1964 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Her father played piano around the house and her mother sang in a community choir. She was playing piano herself at the age of four and playing jazz in a local restaurant at 15. She went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship before heading out to L.A. to play jazz. She returned to Canada to release her first album in 1993.
Krall lost her mother Adella to multiple myeloma in 2002, within months of also losing her mentors Ray Brown and Rosemary Clooney. Diana's only sibling, Michelle, is a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Krall and British musician Elvis Costello were married on December 6, 2003 at Elton John's estate outside London. Their twin sons, Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, were born December 6, 2006 in New York City.
In 2000, she was awarded the Order of British Columbia. In 2003 she was given an honorary Ph.D. (Fine Arts) from the University of Victoria. In 2004, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. In 2005, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
She is an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
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* 1993: Stepping Out
* 1995: Only Trust Your Heart
* 1996: All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio
* 1997: Love Scenes
* 1999: When I Look in Your Eyes
* 2001: The Look of Love
* 2004: The Girl in the Other Room
* 2006: From This Moment On
* 2009: Quiet Nights
*2002: Live in Paris
*2004: Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival
*2009: Live in Rio
*2009 - Public Enemies .... Torch Singer
*2004 - De-Lovely .... Musical Performer
*2003 - Anything Else .... Herself
*1999 - At First Sight .... Singer
The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Krall has won two awards outright and, in 2010, was the artist performing the song "Quiet Nights" arranged by Claus Ongerman, from nine nominations.
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