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Classic Album Review: John Pizzarelli | Let There be Love

The romantic singer-guitarist takrs a tenderhearted travelogue down Tin Pan Alley.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Romantic singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli is, of course, the son of jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli. And while he isn’t the fretboard firebrand his pa is, his latest disc Let There Be Love proves the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

Focusing on Tin Pan Alley ballads from the ’40s and ’50s, John and a lightly swinging, drumless combo (including dad) present a tenderhearted travelogue of love, from the gentle yearnings of the title track to the sweet commitment of Follow to the sad farewell of What Is There to Say. Throughout, JP’s sweet vocals and bubbly picking are as sophisticated, understated and coolly refreshing as a breeze off the lake.