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Speak Low is Box Scaggs' 17th studio album, a follow-up to 2003's But Beautiful-a sort of progressive, experimental effort along the lines of some of the ideas that Gil Evans explored per Boz. This album includes Chet Baker's 'She Was Too Good To Be True,' Johnny Mercer's 'This Time the Dream's on Me,' the often recorded 'I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free' and the Kurt Weill/Ogden Nash title track. 'I'm a vocalist,'Scaggs says. 'I come more out of a blues/rhythm & blues background, but this is a different way of using my voice.' Singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs enjoyed considerable solo success in the 1970's with several Top 20 Hits including 'Lowdown' and 'Lido Shuffle'.

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Singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs enjoyed considerable solo success in the 1970's with several Top 20 Hits including "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle" along with the top selling Silk Degrees album. Scaggs spent much of the 1980's in retirement, owning and operating the San Francisco nightclub Slim's and limiting his performances primarily to the club's annual black-tie New Year's Eve concerts. In 1988 he resurfaced and spent the years consistently releasing new material including Here's the Low Down, Fade Into Light, Dig and a collection of standards called But Beautiful.

1. Invitation - By Bronislaw Kaper
2. She Was Too Good To Me - by Rodgers and Hart
3. I Wish I Knew - By Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
4. Speak Low - By Ogden Nash and Kurt Weill
5. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me - by Duke Ellington and Bob Russell
6. I'll Remember April - By Gene De Paul, Patricia Johnson and Don Raye
7. Save Your Love For Me - By Buddy Woodrow Johnson
8. Ballad Of The Sad Young Men - By Frances Landesman and Thomas Wolf Jr.
9. Skylark - By Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer
10. Senza Fine - By Cesarea, Paoli and Wilder
11. Dindi by - De Oliveria, Gilbert and Jobim
12. This Time The Dream's On Me - By Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 28, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • ASIN: B001EI5C0A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. R Sategna on October 31, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This cd is a real change for Boz. It showcases how great his vocal abilities are. No rock and roll here--just low key jazz vocal songs that are mellow and effective. Fans of Boz will love this cd. Its perfect for being alone with your girlfriend boyfriend or spouse in front of a fireplace to set you in the mood. After two or three listens to this cd, you will be hooked. Boz as we all know, is one hell of a singer. The songs are well chosen and contain emotional lyrics. Here he is in another world and you will love it. Get it now!!!!!
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"It started out with the basics - finding the song and choosing a key - and proceeded with experiments in feel, rhythm, and tempo. But it is the stillness we tried to preserve, a transcendent feeling of stopping time - doing nothing - and letting these great songs carry us along." ~ Boz Scaggs ~

It's so nice to listen to Boz Scaggs once again and revisit his striking vocal artistry having been one of my favorite singers in the Seventies. He's not only a great singer, he plays incredible guitar too and not to mention he writes songs as well. I love some of his songs like "Heart of Mine," "Look What You've Done To Me" and "We're All Alone." I'm so glad that he came up with this wonderful album of self-chosen standards with fresh arrangements and totally enchanting interpretations. The chart arrangements by a gifted pianist/arranger, Gil Goldstein, are nothing short of splendid. According to the Grammy-winning-singer-songwriter-guitarist, "Gil has an expression on the piano like Bill Evans - a light touch that suspends notes at a time or in deft clusters like stars in the night sky." This is probably the highest compliment ever given to him. Some of the most remarkable recordings of Chris Botti were also done with the multi-Grammy-winning musician/arranger, Gil Goldstein.

This album is a beautiful collaboration between Boz Scaggs (vocals/guitar), Gil Goldstein (arranger/piano/accordion/Rhodes/Wurlitzer) and a crew of skilled musicians such as Mike Mainieri (vibes/marimba), Alex Acuna (drums/percussion), Bob Sheppard (sax), Joyce Hammann (violin/concertmaster), Laura Seaton (violin), Scott Colley (bass), Lawrence Feldman (flute), among many others.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Sean Brickell on November 10, 2008
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Boz Scaggs, with the sole exception of the incomparable Van Morrison, is our greatest singer today. This CD validates his artistic vision and accentuates his relaxed smooth style.

Not a filler nor throwaway cut on this release, each is a genuine treasure. It's all-but guaranteed that you'll start on the first track and listen to the end. Then begin the process once more. You cannot get fatigued. I flew coast-to-coast last week, listening to this CD through noise-canceling headphones non-stop.

The texture of Mr. Scaggs's voice, his immaculate phrasing, the superb band, and the spellbinding song selection proves something: Perfection is why we listen to music.

Buy this today and enjoy it the rest of your life!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Zape on November 6, 2009
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At first hearing, I passed this off as an homage to Chet Baker, but after closer listening, I hear elements of the late Gil Evans in the arrangements (Think Gil during the Sketches of Spain period). Boz's vocal delivery, like a fine wine, just gets better with age. Somebody asked me to describe this album, and I said: noire jazz - very much in an older style, but tastefully done and too hip for the room. Passing fans of Boz from his Silk Degrees days may not get this album, and that's too bad, because they're missing out on a very hip facet of Boz's musical persona. I think of this album as the male answer to Diana Krall's album "The Look Of Love"---- very intimate and vulnerable.
And to Mr. Rodgers of NY: I didn't realize that a musical (The Nervous Set) about the beat generation in post-WW2 east St. Louis had anything to do with gay people----your conclusion of "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" is way, waaaay off. In the context of the musical, the song is a reflection of the narrative: post-war men trying to find meaning and direction and drowning their sorrows and could-have-been's in a bar. It's poignancy is universal, and many people, not just gays, identify with its themes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on November 9, 2008
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i just saw boz on his "speak low" tour this past friday night, november 7 2008.

there are no words to say how wonderful it was and how he sounded :) it was a small intimate jazz club in oklahoma and with that atmosphere it was if he were singing just for you. several of the musicians with him were also with him during the recording of this soundtrack. miss monet was also with him...how great is her voice???

the tickets were very expensive but i do not regret it one bit. i've never been much of jazz fan but i was willing to try anything by boz. believe me...it will not disappoint you.

he just gets better with age. if you have not already purchased this, PLEASE DO. you will not regret it. and if you have a chance to see him on this tour....run and buy those tickets. boz sounds better than he ever has. he just gets better with age :)
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I have been familiar with Boz Scaggs for a very long time. And yes I remember "The Dirty Lowdown" too. This is a very well put together album. Soothing and introspective... the cut `Ballad of the Sad Young Men' is beautiful. And the cover of the Antonio Carlos Jobim song Dindi is... Read More
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I heard him in concert last nite and I have been looking for this song also. It must be out there somewhere?
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