Taking a Chance on Love (album)

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Taking a Chance on Love
Studio album by Jane Monheit
Released United States September 7, 2004
Recorded Mar 13, 2004-May 10, 2004
Genre Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop Standards
Label Sony Classical
Producer Peter Asher, Al Schmitt
Jane Monheit chronology
Live at the Rainbow Room
(2003)
Taking a Chance on Love
(2004)
The Season
(2005)
Singles from Taking a Chance on Love
  1. "Taking a Chance on Love"
    Released:
  2. "Over the Rainbow"
    Released:
  3. "Honeysuckle Rose"
    Released:
  4. "I Won't Dance"
    Released:
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
USA Today 3/4 stars[1]
People Magazine 2.5/4 stars[2]
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2.5/5 stars[3]
Down Beat 4/5 stars[4]
All About Jazz Italy 3/5 stars[5]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Daily News 4/5 stars[7]
JazzTimes (favorable)[8]
Jazz Now (favorable)[9]
Seattle Weekly (favorable)[10]

Taking a Chance on Love is a jazz album of standards and musicals by American jazz singer Jane Monheit. It was released in the United States on September 7, 2004.

This was Monheit's fifth album and fourth studio album, her debut studio album with major music label Sony, and also was her third Sony-labeled release after serving as guest singer on the 2001 & 2003 Sony-labeled albums Let's Get Lost: The Songs of Jimmy McHugh by Terence Blanchard and In Full Swing by Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio, respectively.[11]

Taking a Chance on Love was also Monheit's first collaboration with multi-Grammy Awards winning producers Peter Asher and Al Schmitt. Monheit was previously featured on Al Schmitt's co-produced 2001 album entitled Session 55 by the late Les Brown.

During its first week of release, the album reached number one on Billboard's Traditional Jazz chart and the top 100 on Billboard's pop chart.

The song "Dancing in the Dark" received a 47th Grammy Award nomination for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals.[12][13]

Monheit had previously recorded "Honeysuckle Rose" as a guest singer with Wynton Marsalis on Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio album In Full Swing. The bonus track "Over The Rainbow" is a newly recorded version from Monheit's 2001 album Come Dream with Me and was featured on the soundtrack for the blockbuster film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.[11][14] Monheit also performed "Over the Rainbow" on her 2003 concert DVD/CD Live at the Rainbow Room. The bonus track "I Should Care" was performed on the 2006 DVD/CD set Legends Of Jazz With Ramsey Lewis: Season One, Vol.2.

Monheit later followed this album by releasing a 2005 concert DVD of the same name.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Musical Length
1. "Honeysuckle Rose"   Andy Razaf, Thomas 'Fats' Waller Thousands Cheer (1943) 3:39
2. "In the Still of the Night"   Cole Porter Rosalie (1928) 5:06
3. "Taking a Chance on Love"   Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter Cabin in the Sky (1940) 3:19
4. "Bill"   Jerome Kern, P. G. Wodehouse, Oscar Hammerstein II Show Boat (1927) 5:16
5. "I Won't Dance" (duet with Michael Bublé) Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields Three Sisters (1934) /
Roberta (1935)
3:36
6. "Too Late Now"   Alan Jay Lerner, Burton Lane Royal Wedding (1951) 5:21
7. "Why Can't You Behave?"   Cole Porter Kiss Me, Kate (1948) 4:08
8. "Do I Love You?"   Cole Porter Du Barry Was a Lady (1939) 4:53
9. "Love Me or Leave Me"   Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson Whoopee! (1928) /
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
3:34
10. "Embraceable You"   George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin Girl Crazy (1930) 3:47
11. "Dancing in the Dark"   Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz The Band Wagon (1931) 5:04
12. "Over the Rainbow" (bonus track)
(from Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow OST)
Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg The Wizard of Oz (1939) 3:54

EP releases[edit]

A four-track EP and a two-track EP release of Monheit's album Taking a Chance on Love were released as limited editions in 2004.[15][16]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2004 Billboard Top Jazz Albums[17] 1
2004 The Billboard 200[17] 94
2004 Billboard Top Internet Albums[17] 94
2004 Portuguese Charts[18] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gardner, Elysa (2004-09-06). "Jackson does it right on 'What I Do'". USA Today. 
  2. ^ Arnold, Chuck & Novak, Ralph (2004-09-20). "Picks and Pans: Music". People. Vol. 62, No. 12. 
  3. ^ Karlovits, Bob (2004-09-19). "New recordings map Miles Davis' development in 'Seven Steps'". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 
  4. ^ Industry Reviews: Taking a Chance on Love - Jane Monheit HMV Canada. Archived from original Down Beat p.65 October 2004.
  5. ^ Lo Conte, Vittorio. Taking a Chance on Love - Jane Monheit. All About Jazz Italy.
  6. ^ Allmusic: Taking a Chance on Love Review. Allmusic
  7. ^ Rosenberg, Steve (2004-09-24). "SOUND CHECK". Archived from original LA Daily News, p. U21. 
  8. ^ Loudon, Christopher. Jazz Albums: Taking a Chance on Love - Jane Monheit JazzTimes. October 2004.
  9. ^ Maylin, Ferdinand (September 2004). "Jane Monheit: Taking a Chance on Love". Jazz Now Magazine. New Sounds - CD Reviews. 
  10. ^ Wood, Mikael (2004-12-01). "Luxury Goods: Taking a chance on Jane Monheit". Seattle Weekly. 
  11. ^ a b Berg, Chuck (2004-06-11). "Jane Monheit Moves to Sony Classical". JazzTimes. 
  12. ^ Berryman, Don (2004-12-07). "Jazz Nominations 47th annual GRAMMY Awards". Jazz Police. 
  13. ^ The Associated Press (2004-12-07). "Grammy Award nominees in top categories". USA Today. 
  14. ^ Troy Carrington, Suzie Lynde, Andrea Rodricks. "Dolly, Halloween, More". OutSmart Magazine. 
  15. ^ 4-track EP cover. Archived from Ebay.com.
  16. ^ 2-track EP cover. Archived from Ebay.com.
  17. ^ a b c "Allmusic: Taking a Chance on Love - Charts & Awards - Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Archived from original Billboard.com. 
  18. ^ "JANE MONHEIT - TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE (ALBUM)". PortugueseCharts.com.