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Let There Be Love
John Pizzarelli
Let There Be Love
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #1

With his boyish croon and hollow-body guitar, John Pizzarelli cuts a dashing figure and has the lineage and skill to give his multiple talents real credence. But with Let There Be Love, Pizzarelli seems caught looking to c...  more »


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All Artists: John Pizzarelli
Title: Let There Be Love
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Telarc
Original Release Date: 11/28/2000
Release Date: 11/28/2000
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 089408351822

With his boyish croon and hollow-body guitar, John Pizzarelli cuts a dashing figure and has the lineage and skill to give his multiple talents real credence. But with Let There Be Love, Pizzarelli seems caught looking to cash in on his good looks and rugged, honeyed vocals, albeit with a cast of fine musicians on board for the ride. In 15 mellow tracks that swing just enough to keep your feet from growing cold, Pizzarelli salutes all the lovers out there with monotone fireplace ditties. Pictured barefoot on some Fire Island getaway, and in an urbane suit gazing into the eyes of a femme fatale, John Pizzarelli warms bodies and melts hearts, as always, with good, if monochromatic, musical taste. An impeccable repertoire of familiar songs, such as "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket," "These Foolish Things," and "Stompin' at the Savoy," finds Pizzarelli simply executing everything in a polite midtempo style that grows sleepy. Then there's Jessica Molasky's "Da Vinci's Eyes," a song so sappy it makes Blossom Dearie sound like Aretha Franklin. Pizzarelli's own songs fare better, especially the shuffling "All I Saw Was You" and "Our Little Secret." But mostly, Let There Be Love is all too smooth, too warm, too much. Capturing the nostalgic mood of the 1940s and '50s classics is laudable, but this 54 minutes of gentle strumming and sweet sounds is the equivalent of milk and cookies at midnight. --Ken Micallef

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So loveable, so liveable, it's beauty is just unforgivable
M. Walsh | 11/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You'd think eventually they'd run out of ideas, but not John Pizzarelli Trio. The album features four originals, two with his wife, Jessica Molasksy (with whom he penned A Lifetime or Two and Wouldn't Trade You on Kisses in the Rain), as well as one solo and one with the inexhaustable pianoman, Ray Kennedy. For those familiar with the trio- a heads up about the percussion. It doesnt interfere with the music. It's well done and (I'm not making this up) Tony Tedesco played brushes on a phonebook. I imagine it's hard to be overpowering while playing the Tri-Borough Area yellow pages anyway. Enjoy the trio's latest with guests old friend Harry Allen on saxophone; Dominic Cortese on accordian; Jesse Levy on cello; Ken Pelowski on clarinet; and the unstoppable Bucky Pizzarelli on his own seven string. There are no better jazzmen out there-don't miss their latest achievement."
Dorothy Weiss | ORLANDO, FLORIDA United States | 10/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"From, "These Foolish Things" to "I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do", it's clear that John Pizzarelli wanted listeners to experience the spontaniety of "being in love". He succeeds. Along with pianist Ray Kennedy, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, percussionist Tony Tedesco, saxophonists Harry Allen and Ken Peplowski, Accordionist Dominic Cortese, cellist Jesse Levy and his father guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli, he elicits remembrances of that first touch, first kiss, the wedding day, the rainy afternoon, or everyday basking in the wonder of love. A delightful album!"
Great and moving ensemble performances!
D. J. Edwards | Cheshire, CT United States | 03/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As always Pizzarelli and his trio offer great listening. Their gifted musical honesty is always a pleasure. Many judge Pizzarelli's voice as limited but his engaging prformance along with Kennedy's piano playing is anyting but limited. Worth the listen time and again because their music is always an uplifting and involving experience. Their guests on this recording just make the whole package all the more irresistable. That they all are having a good time and enjoy musical making to the hilt is their greatet contribuation to what they do so well. In their hands the commonplace becomes extraordinary. With their gentle side they are real, and combined with their jaunty style they have few equals. The only thing better would be to see and hear them in the Oak Room at the Algonquin."