" Au bout de l'allée forestière, là où la brume avait avalé le monde, quelque chose émergeait lentement, une chimère grandissant comme dans un rêve. Un cerf immense déchira le brouillard, sa ramure était si ample que, pendant un instant, Paul crut que l'ombre l'avait décuplée… "
« Depuis l’enfance, il est notre ami. Et les animaux de ses Fables, notre famille. Agneau, corbeau, loup, mouche, grenouille, écrevisse ne nous ont plus jamais quittés.
Malicieuse et sage compagnie ! …
Le titre de ce livre n'est pas usurpé : il s'agit bien d'un dictionnaire qui parle d'amour, avec ses exaspérations et ses admirations. Mais, comme toujours, il a fallu faire des choix. Il en résulte un catalogue où alternent des thèmes sérieux et de minces anecdotes, selon une chronologie vagabonde.
J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only took the rapper from celebrated hitmaker to full-on activist. On KOD, his ruminations on black America and the state of the union are still present, but are less objective reporting and more acquired wisdom from his life as a reluctant superstar. Cole takes rap pundits to task with impassioned, staccato delivery on the title track. And on “Photograph,” he questions the nature of romance in the digital age. KOD's production is minimal throughout, clearing space for Cole's elegantly spun stories of opportunistic friends (“The Cut Off”), modern-day drug culture (“Once an Addict”), and the guilt that success can bring (“FRIENDS”).
Pianist/vocalist Diana Krall pays tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio on her Impulse! set. In general, the medium and up-tempo tunes work best, particularly such hot ditties as "I'm an Errand Girl for Rhythm," "Frim Fram Sauce," and "Hit That Jive Jack." Krall does not attempt to directly copy Cole much (either pianistically or vocally), although his influence is obviously felt on some of the songs. The slow ballads are actually as reminiscent of Shirley Horn as Cole, particularly the somber "I'm Through With Love" and "If I Had You." Guitarist Russell Malone gets some solo space on many of the songs and joins in on the group vocal of "Hit That Jive Jack," although it is surprising that he had no other opportunities to interact vocally with Krall; a duet could have been delightful. Bassist Paul Keller is fine in support, pianist Benny Green backs Krall's vocal on "If I Had You," and percussionist Steve Kroon is added on one song. Overall, this is a tasteful effort that succeeds.