Diana Krall – The Look Of Love (2001/2002)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 00:50:30 minutes | 2,0 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | © The Verve Music Group , XUNI3869D64
Cover art included, liner notes not included
DSD file created by Gus Skinas from the original DSD audio used to create the existing SACD.
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 — has us 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. The Look Of Love brings to mind such classic Frank Sinatra albums as and Only The Lonely. But the elegant piano solos, the sensual vocals and the wickedly-modern sense of humor are, inimitably, all Krall.
2001 Grammy Award winner for Best Engineered Album Non-Classical, Diana Krall’s The Look of Love – produced by Verve Music Group Chairman Tommy LiPuma – is a lush, cinematic collection of ten ballads and bossa nova tunes featuring the London Symphony Orchestra as arranged and conducted by the legendary Claus Ogerman.
Krall’s longstanding relationship with LiPuma (Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole) shines through here as he wonderfully showcases her mastery as a vocalist and pianist like no other. From the smoky rendition of “Cry Me A River,” to the heartbreaking tenderness of “I Get Along Without You Very Well,” to the Spanish language classic “Besame Mucho,” not to mention a sultry rendition of the title track, The Look of Love is the album that Diana Krall dreamt about making and one her fans longed for and have since adored.
Diana Krall has a good voice and plays decent piano, but this somewhat ridiculously packaged Verve CD seems like an obvious attempt to turn her into a pop icon, and sex symbol to boot. The bland arrangements by Claus Ogerman (who conducts the London Symphony Orchestra or the Los Angeles Session Orchestra on each track) border on easy listening, while Krall and her various supporting musicians, including John Pisano, Russell Malone, Christian McBride, and Peter Erskine (among others), clearly seem stifled by their respective roles. There are plenty of strong compositions here, including standards like “I Remember You,” “The Night We Called It a Day,” and “I Get Along Without You Very Well,” but the unimaginative and often syrupy charts take their toll on the performances. What is even sillier is the label’s insistence on attempting to photograph the artist in various sultry poses, which she evidently wants to discourage by refusing to provide much of a smile (the rumor is that she’s not happy with this part of the business at all). If you are looking for unchallenging background music, this will fit the bill, but jazz fans are advised to check out Krall’s earlier releases instead. -AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden
1 ‘S Wonderful 4:28
2 Love Letters 4:55
3 I Remember You 3:55
4 Cry Me A River 5:03
5 Besame Mucho 6:40
6 Night We Called It A Day 5:41
7 Dancing In The Dark 5:48
8 I Get Along Without You Very Well 3:44
9 The Look Of Love 4:42
10 Maybe You’ll Be There 5:30
Diana Krall – piano, vocals (all tracks)
Dori Caymmi – guitar (track 1)
Romero Lubambo – guitar (tracks 7 & 9)
Russell Malone – guitar (tracks 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10)
John Pisano – guitar (tracks 3 & 5)
Luis Conte – percussion (tracks 7 & 9)
Paulinho Da Costa – percussion (tracks 1, 3, & 5)
Peter Erskine – drums (tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, & 9)
Jeff Hamilton – drums (tracks 1, 3, & 5)
Christian McBride – double bass (all tracks)
London Symphony Orchestra (tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10)
Los Angeles session orchestra (tracks 1, 3, & 5)
Claus Ogerman – orchestra conductor, arranger