Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival (Verve/Universal) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
In this highly competitive digital age, it's not uncommon to load up yer product with an endless list of bonus features, so when a major artist like Diana Krall offers up a DVD with no extras save for a lone video, she's making a strong statement that her music, not some half-hour documentary on the making thereof, is the true message. The top-selling jazz crooner is in her element here. Krall shares a telepathic connection with bassist Robert Hurst that suggests they were separated at birth, and like Brubeck and Paul Desmond, it seems a match made in heaven. It's not her sultry voice that puts this concert over the top. It's that incredible interplay with her band and some inspired piano work that kill any notion of her being just a pretty face.