The Look Of Love became quite a show stopper on “Look Around”

Continuing with my month long tribute to Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 is their third album which came out in 1967 “Look Around”, in particular the song featured on Track 6.


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“The Look of Love” had rather modest beginnings with Hal David and Burt Bacharach’s slow beats.  In 1967, Dusty Springfield’s cut made it in the movie Casino Royale starting Ursula Andress.  According to Joel Whitburn’s 1996 book on Billboard Top 40 Hits, this rather dramatic version of strings combined with Dave Grusin leading a big band accompaniment topped out at number four on the music charts:

Out of the many versions done by several artists, the most romantic version hands down goes to Diana Krall with her sultry 2001 album–and yes, there is a DVD where you can see her music video in the bonus section of her concert in Paris:


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Notice the differences.  Simply amazing, in my honest opinion.

Other key songs on the “Look Around” album include Gilberto Gil’s “Rhoda”, the Beatles classic, “With A Little Help From My Friends”, the Lani Hall slow love ballad of “So Many Stars”, and this popular number which can be found on Track 3, Dori Caymmi’s creation of “Like A Lover”:

Next week, I will profile yet more Beatles hits.  In the meantime, while the United States gears up for another NCAA Division One men’s basketball tournament…I thought about having a little bit of fun.

No prizes, no cash to be given away, just general bragging rights on who might hold the title of nicest and most popular Brazilian jazz musician or group, past or present.

I will explain a bit about the brackets in my next post.

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