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'Diana Krall: Live in Rio' [Blu-ray]
(Diana Krall / Blu ray / NR / 2009 / Eagle Rock)

Overview: Diana Krall has had a long time fascination with bossa nova, a type of music which perfectly suits her sophisticated yet sensual style. This culminated in her new studio album "Quiet Nights" (released by Verve in spring 2009) and in this stunning concert filmed in the home of the bossa nova, Rio de Janeiro, in November 2008. Accompanied by her band and an orchestra, Diana Krall delivers a superb set of standards in true bossa nova style but clearly bearing her unique stamp.

DVD Verdict: OK, well, I already had the "Live in Paris" DVD, well authored with DTS sound and very good standard definition video. It is one of my favorites. So, I was thrilled to see a Diana Krall performance on BluRay, expecting outstanding video and lossless HD audio from the format. I was disappointed.

But why? Well, it is interesting that she confesses to her Rio audience that she was introduced to Nat King Cole vocals when she was 15 years of age, a jazz pianist but "not yet singing". She seemed tired. Maybe it was the end of the tour. Maybe the lossless audio exposed Diana Krall's lack of vocal range.

Maybe I found the noisy video, particularly when panning the audience, off-putting. A bright spot her, however, the street scenes of Rio interspersed with the concert video were much better than the street scenes on the Live in Paris disc. The latter seemed to have been shot with a vintage 8mm camera.

Maybe I was dissatisfied with how the Rio Orchestra paled by comparison to the Paris Orchestra. Or, maybe, aside from a slight change in the play-list - 'The BOY from Ipanema'! I mean, come on, what's that all about? Anyway, the entire production seemed like the sequel to a very good movie. Here, nothing was fresh, sorry. [RDC] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.