Review: Diana Krall aces jazz, struggles with pop in Oakland (via Contra Costa Times)

Diana Krall went pop and the result was her worst album to date — this year’s “Wallflower,” which finds the talented vocalist-pianist covering Elton John, Leon Russell, Bob Dylan and other usual suspects in a mostly jazz-free fashion.

Yet, Krall can usually be counted on to deliver on the live stage — and that was certainly the case Sunday night at the Fox Theater in Oakland. The jazz queen, who is married to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elvis Costello, sounded equally strong on the microphone and keys during the two-hour set.

She was at her best when she stuck to jazz. Yet, even the “Wallflower” material sounded at least somewhat better live than it did in the studio.

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