The Look Of Love CD (2001)

Artist: Diana Krall

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From the luxurious opening chords of the first track, even before Diana Krall has sung a single beautiful note, her new Verve release-The Look of Love-will have you hooked. After winning a Best Jazz Vocal Performance Grammy for 1999's platinum-selling When I Look in Your Eyes, Diana Krall delivers her best album yet-a lush, cinematic collection of ballads and bossa nova tunes. Produced by Verve Music Group Chairman Tommy LiPuma, and featuring the London Symphony Orchestra arranged and conducted by the legendary Claus Ogerman, The Look of Love brings to mind such classic Frank Sinatra albums as In The Wee Small Hours and Only The Lonely. But the elegant piano solos, the sensual vocals, and the wickedly modern sense of humor are, inimitably, all Krall. "Claus Ogerman and Johnny Mandel have been my favorite arranger/composers since I was seventeen years old," Diana explains. "So I said to Tommy LiPuma, 'wouldn't it be great if we could work with Claus on the next album?'" At the time, it seemed simply like another 'what if?' Sure, Ogerman had crafted landmark albums for Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, but the German composer had been retired from arranging other musicians' work-concentrating instead on his own piano sonatas and violin concertos-for almost 17 years. Then, when Diana was on tour in Munich, LiPuma arranged for her to have lunch with Ogerman. Struck by Diana's musicianship, and their mutual love of old movies, Ogerman took the project on. The film buff connection proved to be more than a coincidence; it influenced how Krall has grown as a singer. Her voice is richer than it has ever been and so is the feeling underneath each song. "There are passages in which she reminds me of Barbara Stanwyck," Ogerman told The Los Angeles Times recently. "She's acting the words great, the way Sinatra did. While he was singing, he was acting out the lyrics, and Diana does the same thing." From a smoky rendition of "Cry Me A River," to the heartbreaking tenderness of "I Get Along Without You Very Well," to a Spanish-language version of "Besame Mucho," and her sultry rendition of the title track, The Look of Love is the album that Diana Krall fans have been waiting for. Of The Look of Love, Krall says: "I was so creatively pumped. We recorded so many tunes; I wish we could have released a double record... This album is my dream come true."


Label Uni/verve
SKU 60498201
UPC 731454984621
UPC 14 00731454984621
Format CD
Release Date 9/18/2001
Author Diana Krall
Compilation Appearance Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil
Compilation Appearance Smooth Jazz
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Compilation Appearance Genius Loves Company
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Compilation Appearance Jazz Vocalists: Hear & Now
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Compilation Appearance Love Songs 3
Compilation Appearance Lost Highway
Compilation Appearance Npr Discover Songs:new Jazz Divas
Compilation Appearance Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Compilation Appearance Classics
Compilation Appearance Classics
Compilation Appearance Classic Christmas Album
Compilation Appearance At Last:romantic Classics
Compilation Appearance Some Of My Best Friends Are Singers
Compilation Appearance Sophisticated Ladies
Compilation Appearance Icon
Compilation Appearance These Days
Associated Artist/Work Benedetti, Vince
Associated Artist/Work Vitamin String Quartet
Artist Influence Abbey Lincoln
Artist Influence Anita O'Day
Artist Influence Annie Ross
Artist Influence Billie Holiday
Artist Influence Carmen McRae
Artist Influence Chris Connor (Vocals)
Artist Influence Dinah Washington
Artist Influence Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Influence Fats Waller
Artist Influence Frank Sinatra
Artist Influence Jimmy Rowles
Artist Influence Julie London
Artist Influence Mel Torm?
Artist Influence Mildred Bailey
Artist Influence Nat King Cole
Artist Influence Oscar Peterson
Artist Influence Peggy Lee (Vocals)
Artist Influence Sarah Vaughan
Artist Influence Shirley Horn
Artist Contemporary Beegie Adair
Artist Contemporary Cassandra Wilson
Artist Contemporary Darryl Alexander
Artist Contemporary Dee Dee Bridgewater
Artist Contemporary Dianne Reeves
Artist Contemporary Eliane Elias (Piano)
Artist Contemporary Harry Connick, Jr.
Artist Contemporary Helen Schneider
Artist Contemporary Holly Cole
Artist Contemporary Jamie Cullum
Artist Contemporary Jeanie Bryson
Artist Contemporary Jeffery Smith (Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Joya Sherrill
Artist Contemporary Karrin Allyson
Artist Contemporary Kelly Sweet
Artist Contemporary Kevin Mahogany
Artist Contemporary Kurt Elling
Artist Contemporary Madeleine Peyroux
Artist Contemporary Marian McPartland
Artist Contemporary Michael Bubl?
Artist Contemporary Natalie Cole
Artist Contemporary Nicole Henry (Jazz Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Norah Jones
Artist Contemporary Patricia Barber
Artist Contemporary Peter Cincotti
Artist Contemporary Sade
Artist Contemporary Sarah Brightman
Artist Contemporary Tom Wopat
Artist Follower Diane Hubka
Artist Follower Jane Monheit
Artist Follower Norah Jones
Artist Follower Rebecca Martin
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Clark; Richard Lancaster; John Hendrickson; Al Schmitt
Producer Tommy LiPuma
CatalogID 5498462
Lable Name Verve
Released 09/17/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 50m : 30s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731454984621
Musical Guests
Claus Ogerman
Christian McBride
Peter Erskine
John Pisano
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Diana Krall (vocals, piano); Claus Ogerman (arranger, conductor); Russell Malone, Romero Lubambo, John Pisano, Dori Caymmi (guitar); Christian McBride (bass); Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton (drums); Paulinho Da Costa, Luis Conte (percussion).
Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York from Januray 22-27, 2001 and Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California on June 3 & 4, 2001.
THE LOOK OF LOVE won the 2002 Grammy Award For Best Engineered Album.
Personnel: Diana Krall (vocals, piano); Dori Caymmi , John Pisano, Romero Lubambo, Russell Malone (guitar); Jeff Hamilton , Peter Erskine (drums); Luis Conte, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Al Schmitt.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (01/22/2001-06/04/2001); Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (01/22/2001-06/04/2001); EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (01/22/2001-06/04/2001).
Photographers: Jane Shirek; Bruce Weber.
While there's no denying that jazz-pop star Diana Krall's movie-star good looks went a long way toward endearing her to mainstream America, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Just as undeniable are Krall's gifts as a pianist and singer. Far from a crass populist, she's a subtle, nuanced performer who approaches her craft with an excess of skill and knowledge. This is apparent from the very beginning of THE LOOK OF LOVE, when Krall tackles the overly familiar Gershwin chestnut "S'Wonderful" not the way countless jazz singers have done in preceding decades, but in a style influenced by Joao Gilberto, who recorded the tune years before in a simmering bossa nova mode. This marriage of canny craft and artistic inspiration is repeated again and again throughout the album. Most of the songs here have been trotted out countless times by Krall's contemporaries and (especially) predecessors, but her thoughtful phrasing and low-key dynamic shifts match her unhurried, pastel piano style on each tune to bring out something special at the song's core.
Artist Overview
With her swinging piano style, cool but sensual vocals, and fortuitously photogenic looks, Diana Krall took the jazz world by storm in the late '90s. By the turn of the century she was firmly established as one of the biggest sellers in jazz. From her 1996 Nat King Cole tribute, All for You, to her 2001 orchestral album The Look of Love, Krall balanced her adroit, Oscar Peterson-influenced piano chops with sultry, commercially minded balladry. While she remains indebted to the jazz tradition, her albums have grown more eclectic, including forays into highly personal, singer/songwriter pop with 2004's The Girl in the Other Room, and tackling songs by such varied artists as Doc Pomus, Bob Dylan, and Randy Newman. ~ Matt Collar
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (9/21/01, p.82) - "...The most romantic vocalizing she's ever done, the set benefits from the soft, subtle string backgrounds of legendary German orchestrator Claus Ogerman..." - Rating: A-
Down Beat (1/02, p.66) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A clear success..."
JazzTimes (05/03, p.161) - "...THE LOOK OF LOVE is extravagantly lush, with endless velvet depths of violins..."
Disc 1
1 S'Wonderful
2 Love Letters
3 I Remember You
4 Cry Me A River
5 Besame Mucho
6 Night We Called It A Day, The
7 Dancing In The Dark
8 I Get Along Without You Very Well
9 Look Of Love, The
10 Maybe You'll Be There
Will Friedwald, Entertainment Weekly ...the most romantic vocalizing she's ever done.

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