‘‘It’s allowed; not everything has to be a jazz solo.”
That’s Diana Krall, talking to the Ottawa Citizen last month, during a telling interview in which the renowned jazz-based singer and pianist doesn’t so much acknowledge her recent move from jazz to pure pop as fully embrace it. The impetus for Krall’s discussion of this topic is the recent release of “Wallflower,” a record for which Krall fulfilled a side of her personality that she has said is as prominent as her love for jazz.
You see, Krall grew up hearing a strain of ’70s pop music we now off-handedly refer to as “AM Gold.” Most of the music that fits this description is relatively sophisticated, especially when compared to today’s Top 40 pop music. And Krall loves the stuff, unapologetically. Her takes on tunes like “California Dreamin’,” “I Can’t Tell You Why,” “Alone Again (Naturally),” and “I’m Not In Love” are unified by their refusal to reimagine pop music as jazz. Krall invests herself in the material, but she does not patronize it by deeming it in need of a jazz-styled makeover.
Krall performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts. Tickets are $84.50, $74.50 and $64.50 (box office).