13 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Boz Scaggs began his career as an R&B/ Blues singer but soon found great success with the ultra-smooth grooves of 1976’s Silk Degrees where the “Lido Shuffle” made its mark. Scaggs learned early his true value rested not with the music’s grit and angst but with the calm assurance he could bring to it. As the years have passed, Scaggs has re-found himself as a singer of Jazz standards. His 2003 release, But Beautiful, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart. Five years later, Scaggs returns with subtle interpretations of Rodgers and Hart’s “She Was Too Good To Be True,” Johnny Mercer’s “This Time The Dream’s On Me,” and the Kurt Weill – Ogden Nash title track. With Gil Goldstein on piano and assorted keyboards, the tunes, well-chosen standards by Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichel among others, gently flesh out with modest accompaniment and a few notable solos while leaving Scaggs plenty of room to breathe and take his leisurely time. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Boz Scaggs began his career as an R&B/ Blues singer but soon found great success with the ultra-smooth grooves of 1976’s Silk Degrees where the “Lido Shuffle” made its mark. Scaggs learned early his true value rested not with the music’s grit and angst but with the calm assurance he could bring to it. As the years have passed, Scaggs has re-found himself as a singer of Jazz standards. His 2003 release, But Beautiful, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart. Five years later, Scaggs returns with subtle interpretations of Rodgers and Hart’s “She Was Too Good To Be True,” Johnny Mercer’s “This Time The Dream’s On Me,” and the Kurt Weill – Ogden Nash title track. With Gil Goldstein on piano and assorted keyboards, the tunes, well-chosen standards by Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichel among others, gently flesh out with modest accompaniment and a few notable solos while leaving Scaggs plenty of room to breathe and take his leisurely time. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
48 Ratings
48 Ratings
NV Winedog ,

Another Winner

Opening Night for his tour was here at Napa Valley Opera House last night. Wonderful venue to hear his silky voice and the sold out crowd was not disappointed. Backup Musicians for this album has depth and diversity. Monet is a great complement to Boz on several of the songs. Gil has arranged all of these songs to fit Boz's unique style. They took risks to deviate from the "standards" script and nailed it with this album. Great companion to the But Beautiful album. A real winner.

Jen Griff ,

THANK YOU!!!!

I accidentally found his CD But Beautiful a couple of years ago and loved it!!! I had always been a Boz Scaggs fan but this just took it to a new level. It surprised me that you didn't hear much about that CD-as it was a little before a lot of others came out covering the old standards and while I like them all I found his to be the best. SO Thank you Mr. Scaggs-I've been waiting for this!

brendastarr ,

Luscious, sensual Boz Scaggs

Wow. This album is an instant classic. Boz Scaggs has always been one of my guilty pleasures, especially for songs like "We're All Alone" and "Harbour Lights" but this puts him into the same category as a Lizz Wright. Everything on here is worth listening to, from "Invitation" to "Skylark" to "Dindi." If anything, this makes him the modern equivalent of Hoagy Carmichael (check out "Hoagy sings Carmichael" if you wonder what I mean. (Funny how the Midwesterners seem to know their ballads!)

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