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Format: CD
Sku: 60498201
UPC: 731454984621
UPC 14: 00731454984621
Release Date: 9/18/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. S'Wonderful ~ Diana Krall
2. Love Letters ~ Diana Krall
3. I Remember You ~ Diana Krall
4. Cry Me A River ~ Diana Krall
5. Besame Mucho ~ Diana Krall
6. Night We Called It A Day, The ~ Diana Krall
7. Dancing In The Dark ~ Diana Krall
8. I Get Along Without You Very Well ~ Diana Krall
9. Look Of Love, The ~ Diana Krall
10. Maybe You'll Be There ~ Diana Krall
 
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."

"...the most romantic vocalizing she's ever done.  Will Friedwald, Entertainment Weekly

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York from Januray 22-27, 2001 and Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California on June 3 & 4, 2001.
Muze PNote THE LOOK OF LOVE won the 2002 Grammy Award For Best Engineered Album.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Al Schmitt.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Photographers: Jane Shirek; Bruce Weber.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Tommy LiPuma

Engineer: Chris Clark; Richard Lancaster; John Hendrickson; Al Schmitt

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Claus Ogerman
Muze Guest Artist Christian McBride
Muze Guest Artist Peter Erskine
Muze Guest Artist John Pisano

Artist Overview

With her pre-bop piano style, cool but sensual singing, 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. Her 1996 album ALL FOR YOU was a Nat "King" Cole tribute that showed the singer-pianist's roots, and since then she has stayed fairly close to that tradition-minded mode, with wildly successful results.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Jazz To The World
Muze Music Compilations Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil
Muze Music Compilations Some Of My Best Friends Are Singers
Muze Music Compilations Let's Get Lost
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Making Spirits Bright-Smooth J (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Christmas!
Muze Music Compilations Lady Sings The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Live & Kickin
Muze Music Compilations Tourch Songs
Muze Music Compilations Society Of Singers Presents: great Vo
Muze Music Compilations Genius Loves Company
Muze Music Compilations Monster Music 123755-00 Monster Music® Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" Music SuperDisc
Muze Music Compilations Jazz Vocalists: Hear & Now
Muze Music Compilations These Days
Muze Music Compilations Jazz After Dark
Muze Music Compilations We All Love Ella: Celebrating The Firs
Muze Music Compilations Love Songs 3
Muze Music Compilations Public Enemies (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Lost Highway
Muze Music Compilations In Good Company
Muze Music Compilations Girl In The Other Room (SACD Hybrid)
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations Verve:sound Of America Singles Collec
Muze Music Compilations Classics
Muze Music Compilations Classics
Muze Music Compilations Random Hearts
Muze Music Compilations Sophisticated Ladies
Muze Music Compilations Fifteen Shades Of Blue
Muze Music Compilations Icon
Muze Music Compilations Npr Discover Songs:new Jazz Divas

Associated Artists and Works

Benedetti, Vince
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/17/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2001
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5498462
Music Label Name Label : Verve
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731454984621

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..."

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