When I Look In Your Eyes

Diana Krall

GRP Records, 1998




Blessed with incredible piano skills and a sultry voice, Diana Krall is a remarkable performer. What Brian Setzer did to big band swing, Krall has achieved with traditional jazz. Her 1998 release When I Look In Your Eyes offers an array of excellent jazz that will leave you wanting to hear more of her music.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Irving Berlin's "Let's Face The Music And Dance" has the atmosphere of Getz/Gilberto's "The Girl From Ipanema." Snappy-styled jazz is heard on "Devil May Care," written by Bob Dorough. The simply beautiful "Let's Fall In Love" (written by Ted Koehler & Harold Arlen) has the style of the soft jazz classics by Nat King Cole. The music is terrific also, with great piano, electric guitar, and upright bass.

The title track, written by Leslie Bricusse, has incredible orchestration, and Krall's sultry vocals really set the romantic mood. "Popsicle Toes" (written by Michael Franks) resembles the snappy jazz of The Nat King Cole Trio, and its bass line could be compared to the classic jazz hit "Fever," covered by Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley and many others.

Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin" is a traditional classic recorded by many artists; Krall's version is simply beautiful, romantic and sexy. Harry Warren & Al Dubin's "I'll String Along With You" is another sultry ballad. Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields' "Pick Yourself Up" is another great easy listening tune, similar to such artists as Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.

"Do It Again" (George Gershwin & B.G. DeSylva) is great slow mood-setter, with smooth, sultry vocals and beautiful orchestration. Likewise, the closing "Why Should I Care," co-written by actor/jazz lover Clint Eastwood, is beautiful and sexy with its saxophone solos.

Heavily influenced by Nat King Cole (Krall's first album was a tribute to him), When I Look In Your Eyes an incredible album for romantic mood-setting. Fans of related artists such as Eva Cassidy and recent Grammy-winner Norah Jones will enjoy Diana Krall's music. Once you hear When I Look In Your Eyes, you'll want to listen to this album over and over.

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