For years singer-pianist Diana Krall has been bringing new lifeblood to jazz via her dual knockout talents. And while her later recordings reveal a consistently maturing artist, this 1992 debut album shows that the Nanaimo, British Columbia, native had the goods right from the get-go. In her mid-20s here, Krall sings with honesty, subtlety, and persuasion while playing the piano with head-shaking authority, both as accompanist--she offers amazing asides in between vocal phrases--and as an absolutely A-one improviser. Indeed, it is remarkable to hear her weave her gifts into a wondrous whole. Working with bass ace John Clayton and the superb drummer Jeff Hamilton, Krall presents one winner after another. ˝This Can’t Be Love˝ is typical, a selection where it is all but impossible not to tap your foot. After a nicely enunciated vocal--she slides into phrases much like Sarah Vaugh--the pianist cooks in her Oscar Peterson-meets-Gene Harris style, playing hip ideas that fall easily on the ear, underwritten by her rock-solid feel for time. ˝As Long as I Live˝ is another example of Krall’s ability to sing and swing a standard with a nonstop groove. ˝Straighten Up and Fly Right˝ is slower and features a deeply bluesy vocal; ˝I’m Just a Lucky So and So˝ is equally sultry. The classic ballad ˝Body and Soul˝ finds her singing with intimacy and playing with a caressing touch. A very impressive start for a very impressive artist.