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When I Look In Your Eyes
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Diana's previous collection of very romantic love songs had been so successful that the formula was repeated. However, there is nothing formulaic about the quality of this album, which is every bit as good as Love scenes.
Again, the songs were chosen from the Great American songbook. Many of the songs were originally American hits in the twenties and thirties, including Let's face the music and dance (Fred Astaire), Devil may care (Glenn Miller), Let's fall in love (Eddy Duchin), When I look in your eyes (Hunter Rodeheaver and Virginia Asher), I've got you under my skin (Ray Noble), I can't give you anything but love (Cliff Edwards, Ben Selvin and Johnny Hamp all had huge hits with it), I'll string along with you (Ted Fio Rito), East of the sun (Tom Coakley), Pick yourself up (Fred Astaire) and Do it again (Paul Whiteman).
Some of these songs, like Let's face the music and dance, were originally more up-tempo, but here they are slowed right down, making them sound fresh and exciting. The original artists are mostly unknown these days - only Glenn Miller and Fred Astaire remain widely recognisable - but Diana and others are doing an excellent job of keeping their music alive and relevant to a modern generation.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2002
'When I Look In Your Eyes' is a classy, well produced album which shows off the skills of Diana Krall and her trio beautifully. As with most of Diana's albums (apart from the latest Krall album, 'The Look of Love' which only contains slow paced tunes) the album has just the right mix of ballads, up-tempo, and mid-tempo tracks. Whatever they play, they play it well and with confidence.
The songs themselves are all glorious, although I can't decide whether I prefer Ms Krall singing ballads or swing, as I think she deals with both styles equally well. My favourite track on the album though is 'String along with you' which is am absolutely superb and utterly moving rendition of the love song.
The addition of strings to Diana Krall's trio adds more romance to this album than her previous CD's, although you can't help but feel the orchestra takes away a little of the intimate feel of the trio recordings. Not all the songs have the addition of the orchestra, and the ones without are definately the most swinging numbers on the album.
This is a great showcase of Diana Krall's talents as a singer, although for the purist jazz fan then I would suggest you perchase one of Krall's earlier recordings, such as 'Stepping Out' which have far more swing and Krall plays a lot more piano on them too.
A recommended purchase to anyone who loves to hear jazzy tunes with a touch of romance.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 21 May 2003
I loved this album from the first time I listened to it. It features some of the greatest songs written like "Let's Face the Music and Dance", "Pick Yourself Up", "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Let's Fall in Love" along with other beautifully arranged standards. It's as if Diana Krall weaves them and makes them her own conjuring up a delightful album. Diana Krall's dreamy vocals are sensual and just right for these songs. My favourite track is "I'll String Along With You" because it's so dreamy in appearance and her vocals fit it like a glove. A beautifully arranged album that any jazz fan should own. I highly recommend it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2001
This is a superb cd, a must for anyone who loves music. A warm cd that lifts the spirits, a joy to play time and time again
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2000
I bought this CD after discovering "Loves Scenes" quite by accident. The first time I played "When I look in Your Eyes" I had to stop what I was doing - making dinner - and just sit down and listen to that wonderful voice. I listened to the whole CD three or four times over, quite forgetting the time and my stomach! She has such a natural ability to bring any song, any melody, any lyric to life and often in a most unexpected and misceivous way. If you want an introduction to how good jazz can be, buy this (and all her other CDs too!) trust me, you won't regret it. I recently had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Diana Krall together with Tony Bennett (Tony Bennett!) on Dave Letterman's show in North America. I have seldom seen two musicians so suited to one another. Enjoy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2001
My musical tastes are pretty varied, but they do not normally extent to 'easy listening'. For Diana Krall I will make an exception. She has such a seductive voice that she could sing about laxatives and it would still sell. This CD has a mixture of covers and original material that makes light work of the sixty minutes that the album spans. Her piano work is also delightful, and her cover of 'I've got you under my skin' made me go out and buy a Sinatra album. In the future I'd love to see her work with some different artists and see what happens - perhaps a duet with Cassandra Wilson is too much to hope for...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2000
I have 43 years experience of listening to varying types of music. But only recently I have felt compelled to enter the world of "Jazz", many ridicule, condem and criticise. Obviously none have listned to the exquisite sounds of Ms Krall and "When I Look in your Eyes". If you have any troubles, chill a bottle of chablis, turn down lights and listen to "Popsicle Toes or Devil May Care" they will soon disappear. This CD along with Mr Miles Davis's "Kinda Blue" is my jazz collection. I suggest that before anybody criticises this type of music they listen to either of these.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2000
When I first bought this CD it did not leave my CD player for 2 weeks because I loved it so much. Diana has such a warm wonderful voice plus she's a great pianist so much talent in one person. When she sings "Lets face the music and dance" you picture Fred and Ginger dancing to it, listen to "Popsicle toes" and you'll be singing along in no time. This was my introduction to a wonderful Artist of whom I want to hear more of. So do your ears a favour and buy this I promise you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2000
The songs are "standard" fare - but the treatment, especially when in trio format, is special. Some of the arrangements are a little sugary, but she sounds best with a driving piano and base rhythm, where her phrasing is clear and touch light, giving an added dimesion to lyrics which you thought familiar. Not as good as "All for you", but streets ahead of "Love Scenes".
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"When I Look in Your Eyes," by Canadian born jazz singer/pianist Diana Krall was released in 1999, with underlying orchestral arrangements by noted jazz composer/arranger Johnny Mandel. Krall recalls that, in her first conversation with Mandel, she told him that she was both a singer and a pianist. Mandel replied," Oh, so you're a hyphenate! Are you a singer-pianist or a pianist-singer?" The singer then confirms that her favorite singers have all played piano too: she lists Dinah Washington, Roberta Flack, Shirley Horn, Fats Waller, Andy Bay, and "especially" Carmen McRae: "ultimately" Nat King Cole.

Krall, who was granted a scholarship to the prestigious Boston Berklee College of Music, and is married to British singer Elvis Costello, won a Grammy for 1999 Jazz Vocalist of the year for the album, for which she also received an Album of the Year nomination. She knows how to swing a song; gives a song its emotional due, and demonstrates a true feeling for jazz. She can be bluesy when called for, or painterly on a ballad, and, very importantly, she tends to know what the lyrics are about. "When" is a compilation of some of the greatest items in the American Songbook."Let's Face the Music and Dance," a late, intense song by George Gershwin, gets outstanding treatment, as does the title song, and Cole Porter's "I've Got You under My Skin," a signature of Frank Sinatra's. "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," and "Let's Fall in Love,"are smooth and soothing as your favorite bartender's margarita.

From overhead elevator conversation, I've gathered that many people prefer Live In Paris,(2002), her first live concert release, as they find it swings more, but "When" is surely a nice record to have around the house, when you're in the mood.
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