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Let There Be Love by John Pizzarelli

On his second session for Telarc, John Pizzarelli, picked 15 great numbers from the ranks of America's finest songsmiths. I was delighted to discover Irving Berlin's "I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket" included on this release. I haven't heard anyone else perform this wonderful tune since Chick Bullock's record in the 1930s.

Tenor sax man, Harry Allen plays a tender and very cool solo on "Everything I Have Is Yours." Ken Peplowski gets his chance to shine on "Stompin' At The Savoy" and I always appreciate Ken's swinging clarinet. The Pizzarelli stalwart, Ray Kennedy is heard throughout the CD.

As always, John Pizzarelli is the embodiment of good taste in jazz. His vocals, whether romantic or scat, remain as smooth as fine wine. John also had a hand in the composition of "Lucky Charm" and "Our Little Secret" with his wife, Jessica Molasky and pianist Ray Kennedy.

Bucky Pizzarelli fans will find their hero on "I Don't Know Why (I Love You Like I Do)" and the solo is typical Bucky. Superb! The tune is really a highlight of this recording. If you hanker for some really smooth and romantic jazz, you won't go wrong by listening to John Pizzarelli.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: John Pizzarelli
  • CD Title: Let There Be Love
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Record Label: Telarc Jazz
  • Musicians: John Pizzarelli (guitar & vocals); Martin Pizzarelli (bass); Ray Kennedy (piano); Tony Tedesco (percussion) with guests Harry Allen (tenor sax); Dominic Cortese (accordion); Jesse Levy (cello); Ken Peplowski (clarinet); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar).
  • Rating: Five Stars
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