View Full Version : Diana Krall, Live in Paris or Montreal?
11-21-2005, 04:08 PM
I see that in addition to Live in Paris, there's also a Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival Krall DVD. For those who have heard both, which is the better performance and which has the better sound quality?
I'm adding stuff to my christmas list, and thought that one or the other would make a great addition.
11-21-2005, 04:30 PM
Diana Krall live in Paris DVD has sound quality
issues especially obvious with a high sensitivity
sound system as it reveals the gremlins.
The gremlin in question is 'hiss' present on
certain passages. For example, I bought this
music because everyone said it was a great SQ
reference and when the music starts playing, it
sounds so good. Her voice is clean, the bass
player is jamming, then all of a sudden when the
rest of the band kicks in, some nasty hiss comes
out. It's repeatable so it's recorded that way.
I suspect someone [a muscian] had a bad link to
the mixer that ended up contaminated the whole
recording and it went unnoticed.
I plugged in headphones into my source bypassing
amps/speakers and I can hear it.
11-21-2005, 04:56 PM
> I see that in addition to Live in Paris,
> there's also a Live at the Montreal Jazz
> Festival Krall DVD. For those who have heard
> both, which is the better performance and
> which has the better sound quality?
> I'm adding stuff to my christmas list, and
> thought that one or the other would make a
> great addition.
I haven't heard the Montreal DVD yet. The sound quality of the Paris DVD is excellent. The mix in the surround modes is a bit odd; the piano sounds like it is coming from the back of the hall. But in Dolby Stereo mode it is superb.
I do know that I like the material in the Paris DVD much more. I was disappointed in the "Girl in the Other Room" CD, which is why I don't have the Montreal DVD yet. "Temptation", "Love Me Like a Man" and "Stop this World" are great; the rest of the pop stuff I can do without. I'm hoping that this is just a phase she'll come out of soon.
11-21-2005, 05:50 PM
thanks for reminding me.
I recorded the Montreal gig straight in stereo from Hi-Def TV. Its on my puter somewhere. Must chop it into tracks and burn it. Sounded like a great concert to me.
11-21-2005, 05:59 PM
> I was disappointed in
> the "Girl in the Other Room" CD,
If you were a fan of Costello, you’d recognize his handiwork in “Girl in the Other Room”. Actually, I was growing tired of "Dianna plays the great american jazz songbook", and found this CD a refreshing change.
I’m hoping she continues to change and grow…
11-21-2005, 08:23 PM
> If you were a fan of Costello, you’d
> recognize his handiwork in “Girl in the
> Other Room”. Actually, I was growing tired
> of "Dianna plays the great american
> jazz songbook", and found this CD a
> refreshing change.
> I’m hoping she continues to change and grow…
I am a fan of Elvis Costello. This CD showed me just how unique his talent is. *He* can succeed singing rambling songs with meaningless lyrics; Diana, for all her many other talents, can't quite pull it off. It was inevitable that Diana would record a CD with a heavy Costello influence. Now that she's done it, it's time for back to the roots. Pop singers are a dime a dozen; nobody does jazz like Diana Krall. Just my opinion, YMMV.
11-21-2005, 10:49 PM
I am a big jazz fan and have heard pretty much everything Krall has done. I think that she ok but sings with a very mechanical style like she is trying too hard to sound jazzy. If you want a really decent jazz "in concert" dvd, try Jane Monheit's Taking a Chance on Love dvd. I perfer it over both Krall's DVD's. If you have your heart set on Krall, the Montreal is better IMHO.
11-21-2005, 11:29 PM
> I am a fan of Elvis Costello. This CD showed
> me just how unique his talent is. *He* can
> succeed singing rambling songs with
> meaningless lyrics; Diana, for all her many
> other talents, can't quite pull it off.
Well, it is something new for her, and Elvis doesn't quite pull it off sometimes either...
But he can paint poignant mental and emotional pictures with those meaningless lyrics…
Just how many girls were in the other room anyway? One? None? The same girl? Is she delusional, and is imagining the man? –Or is he a lost lover?
11-22-2005, 01:28 AM
and avoid Norah Jones unless you like being bored to sleep !!!
11-22-2005, 08:14 AM
> and avoid Norah Jones unless you like being
> bored to sleep !!!
Funny you mention that. I had Norah Jones in my cd player on the ride home and almost drove off the road twice. :)
11-22-2005, 09:20 AM
...that frog out of her throat yet? I mean she plays piano very nicely, but her voice! Fine style, but the tone. Only surgery can fix that.
11-22-2005, 04:51 PM
> ...that frog out of her throat yet? I mean
> she plays piano very nicely, but her voice!
> Fine style, but the tone. Only surgery can
> fix that.
call it 'character', maybe ?? ;-)
Satchmo must have been French !!!
11-29-2005, 11:01 PM
Well we all have our opinions, but Live in Paris is great. I've ripped it down to MP3s and play it in my car.
fun to do when got some schmoo next to me with their RAP CRAP banging away.
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