Taking a Chance on Love (album)

Taking a Chance on Love is an album by American jazz singer Jane Monheit that includes cover versions of standards and songs from musicals. The album was released on September 7, 2004 via Sony Classical label.

Taking a Chance on Love
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 7, 2004 (2004-09-07)
RecordedMarch 13, 2004–May 10, 2004
GenreVocal jazz, pop standards
LabelSony Classical
ProducerPeter Asher, Al Schmitt
Jane Monheit chronology
Live at the Rainbow Room
Taking a Chance on Love
The Season
Singles from Taking a Chance on Love
Professional ratings
Review scores
USA Today[1]
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review[3]
Down Beat[4]
All About Jazz Italy[5]
Los Angeles Daily News[7]
Jazz Now(favorable)[9]
Seattle Weekly(favorable)[10]


This was Monheit's fifth album and fourth studio album, her first album with Sony.[11] Taking a Chance on Love was her first collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producers Peter Asher and Al Schmitt. She sang on the album Session 55 by Les Brown, which Schmitt produced.

During the album's first week of release, it entered the pop chart on Billboard magazine and reached number one on the Traditional Jazz chart. The song "Dancing in the Dark" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals.[12][13]

Monheit recorded "Honeysuckle Rose" with Wynton Marsalis on the album In Full Swing by Mark O'Connor. The bonus track "Over the Rainbow" appeared on the soundtrack Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.[11][14] The bonus track "I Should Care" is from Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis: Season One, Vol. 2 (2006).

Track listing

1."Honeysuckle Rose"Andy Razaf, Fats WallerThousands Cheer (1943)3:39
2."In the Still of the Night"Cole PorterRosalie (1928)5:06
3."Taking a Chance on Love"Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted FetterCabin in the Sky (1940)3:19
4."Bill"Jerome Kern, P. G. Wodehouse, Oscar Hammerstein IIShow Boat (1927)5:16
5."I Won't Dance" (duet with Michael Bublé)Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy FieldsThree Sisters (1934) /
Roberta (1935)
6."Too Late Now"Alan Jay Lerner, Burton LaneRoyal Wedding (1951)5:21
7."Why Can't You Behave?"Cole PorterKiss Me, Kate (1948)4:08
8."Do I Love You?"Cole PorterDu Barry Was a Lady (1939)4:53
9."Love Me or Leave Me"Gus Kahn, Walter DonaldsonWhoopee! (1928) /
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
10."Embraceable You"George Gershwin, Ira GershwinGirl Crazy (1930)3:47
11."Dancing in the Dark"Howard Dietz, Arthur SchwartzThe Band Wagon (1931)5:04
12."Over the Rainbow" (bonus track)
(from Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow OST)
Harold Arlen, E.Y. HarburgThe Wizard of Oz (1939)3:54

EP releases

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

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




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  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. 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. Archived from the original on 2009-07-19.
  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. "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.
  19. "Taking a Chance on Love - Jane Monheit | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
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