Diana Krall-Live in Paris (Warner Vision) (2002)
Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Music Video-The Look Of Love
Music Video-Let's Face The Music And Dance
|Year Of Production||2002|
|Running Time||113:57 (Case: 130)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (69:30)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||David Barnard|
Paris Jazz Big Band
Orchestre Symphonique Europeen
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Auto Pan & Scan Encoded||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 6.1 ES Matrix (768Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Currently resident in New York, Krall pays frequent tribute to pianist singers such as Nat King Cole, Carmen McRae and Dinah Washington and includes music from the likes of Gershwin (Ira and George), Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington amongst her many other musical influences.
Diana Krall Live in Paris was shot for DVD at the Paris Olympia, on 2nd December 2001. A talented 5-piece backing band includes long-standing jazz notables John Clayton (double-bass) and Jeff Hamilton (drums), who also recorded her first album Stepping Out in 1992. String and brass accompaniment is provided by the European Symphony Orchestra and Paris Jazz Big Band conducted by Alan Broadbent. This performance features 17 songs in a low-key, friendly atmosphere where Krall is happy to share the limelight with her fellow musicians and pay tribute to her musical heritage and past and present mentors. The musicians blend seamlessly together and the atmosphere created by a band who enjoy playing together is infectious. There's no doubt that Krall's sultry vocals are the highlight of the performance together with her obvious ease-on-the-eye. Her piano playing is innovative and technically proficient, though falling short of virtuoso, and at times perhaps just a little too laid back. However, the high point musically for me was the hauntingly beautiful solo finale, A Case of You which amply illustrates Ms Krall's qualities as a superb ballad singer, perhaps a pointer to a future musical direction away from the jazz scene.
|1. I Love Being Here With You|
2. All or Nothing
3. Let's Fall in Love
4. The Look of Love
5. Maybe You'll Be There
6. Deed I Do
7. Devil May Care
8. Cry Me a River
9. Under My Skin
|10. East of The Sun|
11. I Get Along
12. Pick Yourself Up
14. Love Letters
15. I Don't Know Enough About You
16. Do It Again
17. A Case of You
The transfer is presented in a widescreen 1.78:1 aspect ratio and is 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is very clear and sharp as befits its digital origin without the harshness sometimes associated with this method of recording. There is no low level noise and shadow detail is excellent within the limitations of the ambient lighting.
The stage lighting was excellent and natural without the blue-red saturation that frequently bedevils a live performance. Colours were richly rendered with deep blacks, shining whites and delicate and natural skin hues. There was no chroma noise or bleeding.
There were no MPEG artefacts discernible. In keeping with the sharpness of the transfer, mild aliasing was evident along the usual diagonals of strings and keyboard edges, but was only really notable on a 50 inch screen and above. There was subtle edge enhancement, such as on the border of Ms Krall's leather jacket at 27:03, but this was only discernible when looked for and with the benefit of a zoom feature on the DVD player. The digital origin of the video was given away by a couple of missing pixels in long-range shots from an auditorium camera panning across the double-bass at 22:48.
There were no subtitles which, although not really needed due to the clarity of the singing, would have been nice for those with hearing impairment.
The disc was RSDL-formatted with a barely discernible transition point at 69:30.
The audio quality was superb and was of reference standard.
There are three audio tracks for you to sample on the main feature; English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo; English Dolby Digital 5.1 and a DTS ES 6.1 Matrix mix for the perusal of those suitably endowed with necessary processor and rear centre channel speaker(s). I listened to the whole of the Stereo track and then alternating DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 with some same track comparisons. All tracks were of excellent quality and eminently listenable. Comparing the multi-channel mixes revealed that, unusually, the Dolby Digital 5.1 track was about 3 dB louder than the DTS track and was generally punchier with an enhanced dynamic range, and was my mix of choice.
Dialogue quality was superb and Ms Krall's luscious, husky vocals were delivered beautifully and clearly to your speaker cones. There were no apparent lip sync discrepancies.
The surrounds (and rear centre channel in DTS ES) were slightly more adventurously used than in many music DVDs, conveying not only the usual reverberation ambience and audience feedback, but were also used to fill in the sound of the Steinway giving a pleasing, rounded out, whole room feel as befits a classic piano
The subwoofer was used to seamlessly integrate the low frequencies of John Conway's double bass into the frequency span of the rest of the band. Don't expect it to deliver any thumping rhythms as Jeff Hamilton's kick-drum seemed to be there for ornamental purposes only!
|Surround Channel Use|
The released music videos of The Look of Love (3:49) and Lets Face The Music and Dance (4:14) in Dolby Digital stereo - both superbly produced promo videos.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is excellent and a splendid example of digital video recording.
The audio quality is superb, and is of reference quality.
The extras are limited but pleasing and illustrate Diana Krall's appeal as a popular artist as well as a traditional jazz singer/pianist.
|DVD||Toshiba SD-900E, using RGB output|
|Display||Pioneer SD-T50W1 (127cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Denon ACV-A1SE. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Theta Digital Intrepid|
|Speakers||ML Aeon front. B&W LRC6 Centre. ML Script rear. REL Strata III SW.|