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JazzTimes 10: Essential Albums of the 2000s

A look back at a diverse decade, featuring Joshua Redman, Cassandra Wilson, Maria Schneider, and more

Allégresse by Maria Schneider
Allégresse by Maria Schneider

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.

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Matthew Kassel

Matthew Kassel is a freelance writer whose work has been published by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and The Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications.