I Love The Orchestral Jazz Recordings
Philip R. Heath | DFW | 02/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Look of Love by Diana Krall was the 2001 follow up to her 1999 breakthrough CD When I Look in Your Eyes. Whereas her former CD balanced songs backed by orchestra with those that were not, The Look of Love contains ten songs all featuring orchestral accompaniment. I found that this served as a link between the two CDs without resorting to a mere clone of what was previously successful. As you might expect The Look of Love is mellow across its entirety as string arrangements accent each song. However Claus Ogerman does an excellent job of keeping the orchestra on the periphery. This allows Krall's vocals and piano playing to take center stage. One of the things that I love about her singing is the emotional depth she conveys with her delivery on slower songs. This really comes through on "Cry Me A River", "Love Letters", and "Maybe You'll Be There". The orchestra is not the only backing that adds depth to The Look of Love. Russell Malone adds very pleasant jazz guitar on tracks such as "The Night We Called It A Day" and "Cry Me A River". When you add it all up, Diana Krall created a high quality orchestral jazz CD that is very relaxing. The Look of Love pairs well with a glass of wine after a trying day. Those who are looking for more traditional jazz may be disappointed in The Look of Love, but I enjoy the variety.
Download this: Cry Me A River"