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But Beautiful

Boz ScaggsAudio CD
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A casual listen to the Boz Scaggs discography makes one thing obvious: Boz Scaggs is both a musical seeker and a man of sizable talent as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. His explorations in blues and r&b, rock and jazz have produced lasting work and a career that has brought with it acclaim, a loyal following, and an enduring respect among musicians.

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  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gray Cat Records
  • ASIN: B000089HC7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Grammy Award winning artist, Boz Scaggs, is set to release his latest album, But Beautiful, on May 6th. An assured, logical next step in an enduring musical career, But Beautiful signals the arrival of an important new voice in the domain of the great American songbook. It features Scaggs performing standards such as Sophisticated Lady, and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered with the classic jazz quartet that includes pianist and arranger Paul Nagel and bright new star from the San Francisco jazz scene, saxophonist Eric Crystal.

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Match Made In Music Heaven! May 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Many rock singers have released albums of standards with varying degrees of success. Where Nelson Riddle's big band arrangement perfectly suited Linda Ronstadt, who belted out the song "What's New?" for all she's worth, the small jazz combo backing Boz Scaggs perfectly suits his laid back vocals on that song. He sings the classic "Sophisticated Lady" as though Duke Ellington had written it for him to perform. Boz sings "For All We Know" with a world weariness that perfectly matches the mood of the lyrics. "So love me tonight; tomorrow was made for some. Tomorrow may never come, for all we know." No singer's voice is better suited to singing standards than Boz Scaggs. The musicians backing him are superb and the production is perfect. The subtitle of this album is Standards, Volume One. Personally, I can't wait to hear Volume Two!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy crooning May 6, 2003
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This is Boz Scaggs' first album of standards and he handles them well. He's backed by a straight-ahead jazz quartet led by pianist Paul Nagel. They perform skillfully enough, but the proper center of attention is Boz, whose lithe and graceful singing glides over the notes. The arrangements feel relatively conventional, but are actually daring in subtle ways, such as the hint of bossa nova on "Never Let Me Go" and the soft yet fast and steady percussion that carries through "But Beautiful." The sound quality is superb on this recording -- Boz sounds like he's singing right in the room with you.
As far as pop singers doing the jazz standard thing, Boz performs naturally and convincingly. His phrasing is deluxe, and the song selection is well suited to his talents. I especially like the versions of "Sophisticated Lady" and "I Should Care." There are many others I can name who completed the crossing much less successfully. I will be glad when his next rock/pop CD comes out, but this is an entirely pleasing collection in the interim. Hard core jazz vocal fans should give it a try too. If a Volume 2 ever comes out, I'll buy it too.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Title Says It All June 4, 2003
By Lars
Format:Audio CD
Jennifer Simpson, a big Boz Scaggs fan, wants to know what I think of his latest CD, But Beautiful. Here, Boz breaks away from his rock and blues menu and gets into jazz and American standards. Wait a minute - he's copying Larry Ching (the artist whose CD I just produced)! Thing is, Boz has always traversed the great American musical landscape, from blues and soul to country and rock to jazz and pop. On Fade Into Light, a 1996 CD released in Japan, he did a gorgeous version of "Harbor Lights." And in recent years, he's captivated audiences with a silky reading of "My Funny Valentine." Unfortunately, that chestnut is not in this collection, but "What's New," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Sophisticated Lady," and a lucky seven others, are filtered through the singular Scaggs voice. If you've dug Boz through the years, and understand that, in a sense, he's always been a jazzer-improvisational, eclectic, spare, and capable of making the voice a musical instrument, part of the ensemble-you'll find the new recording a little different. But beautiful. --from my column at
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Dictionary under "Mellow" September 16, 2003
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Boz Scaggs applies his considerable and unique vocals skills to this warm collection of classic tunes in a way that gives one a new appreciation for his musical range. He sounds quite comfortable, thank you, with the talented musicians who wander with him through these clever and inspired arrangements. In paticular, I love his tone of wise, world-weariness in "Sophisticated Lady." Perfect to relax to at the end of a long day or to enjoy by the fire on an autumn afternoon, this is one of those CDs that brings a fresh discovery with each listening. I dare you to get through the first three tracks without kicking off your shoes, laying back on the couch and enjoying the sunset. Believe me, I've tried. It can't be done. Just sit back and enjoy this relaxed, jazzy drive. Nice work, Mr. Scaggs et al and thank you. More like this, please!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boz has graced us with a beauty. May 20, 2003
By J. Niss
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This album is great, and gets better with every listen. If you don't love jazz, and standards, then maybe get your Boz elsewhere, but if you do: get this today.
Boz's vocals sound natural (and mellow). As in all really good jazz interpretations he stretches subtly in many moments, and keeps it VERY personal. Because of this I heard a lot of the lyrics anew. These are now among my favourite versions of these songs. Oh, and the PLAYING is so fine: I can't wait to hear these guys live, with or without Boz. hope this is vol 1 of many.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb standards collection November 21, 2005
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I consider this album to be the finest collection of standards I have ever heard recorded by a pop/rock singer, better even than the famous ones by Linda Ronstadt and miles ahead of the grating ones by Rod Stewart. But I am convinced that the earlier reviewers who hated the drums on Boz's album (one person said "the world's worst drummer"!!) have never heard music like this and thus have no idea how the drums are supposed to sound in a collection of jazz ballads. Jason Lewis is one of the very best drummers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and his playing on this CD is absolutely spot-on perfect. Please ignore the ignoramuses who say otherwise, for they clearly don't know how to listen to this style of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 15 days ago by Buzz Fledderjohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Boz Scaggs & But Beautiful
What can I say when we're talking about Boz Scaggs? I love his voice, phrasing, choice of material, background musicians, etc. etc. etc.
Published 5 months ago by Classy Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
What a great singer and interpreter of songs this guy is - proves it on this wonderful collection of old standards - although I'd heard most of them sung by other artists he brings... Read more
Published 8 months ago by jazzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Boz Scaggs Jazz
Wasn't sure I would like this Album Boz Scaggs Jazz? I was pleasantly surprised I simply loved the CD. A great Buy
Published 10 months ago by caldi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a bit draggy at times...
The coupling for Boz Skaggs voice and a stripped down jazz group works very well. His voice is soothing and mellow and having minimal orchestrations as back-up is a good... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Shmartin
4.0 out of 5 stars Bos Scaggs
About as good as Boz can be when singing jazz standards. He still has that rock style but comes awful close to swinging several times on the album. Read more
Published 11 months ago by jonnynaea
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Arrangments
Boz Scaggs won me over with the jazzy "Downright Women" in 1970. He then got swallowed in pop and blues-y composition. Read more
Published 12 months ago by E. Macomber
3.0 out of 5 stars It's an okay bunch of ballads, but get "Speak Low"!
The first Boz album I bought in almost 40 years was "Speak Low", which is crazy good (see my review there). So I immediately bought "But Beautiful". Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert P. Wray
4.0 out of 5 stars Very short play list
If the intent was to leave the audience wanting more, he succeeded. Boz always has a quality presentation on any genre of music, and he is smart to pick these old standards as he,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by J. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Enjoy Boz Scaggs voice, low and slow in these jazz classics. Beautifully evocative and gentle on the ear. A real treat.
Published 19 months ago by L. Walker
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