- Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Gray Cat Records
- ASIN: B000089HC7
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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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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Overall, it's a decent album - I'd give it 3.5/5. Boz is a surprisingly adept interpreter of sly standards but loses grip on the torchy stuff. There's not enough gravitas in his performance to take you to the depths.
However, the trio is great and smooth, recording is sharp and warm. A nice CD to play on a nondescript Sunday afternoon
"What's New" is the cap for me, however "But Beautiful" has that rapid rim shot tempo that makes it worthy the title recognition for this superb cd.
I rate it above the "Volume Two" effort.
I'd have given this CD the 5th star, BUT I agree with other reviewers that the band seems a bit too foreground in many places -- ESPECIALLY on the title cut. Boz is easing through the ballad, but the hi-hat sounds like it's from another song entirely! Is it a click track they forgot to erase, or is the drummer eager to get to his next gig, and wants to speed the session along? (Had I better equipment, I'd run the track through a limiter and remix it myself.) But don't let that one track deter you -- perhaps Boz was going for a live, "period" sound -- you know, back in the dark ages when studios only had 2-track tapes? If so, this CD is a success. And, as usual, Boz himself is a delight.
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