24. Diana Krall: Live in Paris (Verve, 2002)
The singer and pianist Diana Krall, who recently recorded with Tony Bennett, made one of the best live jazz albums of the aughts with Live in Paris, an energetic assortment of standards from Burt Bacharach (“The Look of Love”), Harold Arlen (“Let’s Fall in Love”), and Cole Porter (“I’ve Got You Under My Skin”). Recorded at the Olympia theater in the City of Light, the album features a crack team of accompanists, including bassist John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton, and guitarist Anthony Wilson. Krall, in her late 30s at the time, leads the group through tight, satisfying arrangements, and she solos often and artfully, with a fierce piano style that evokes Nat Cole.