November 8, 2008

Boz Scaggs - Speak Low

Silk Degrees album coverImage via WikipediaI'll start this review of his new release with the same one as the previous one about Warren Zevon: What comes to mind for you when you hear the name Boz Scaggs? I immediately think of "Silk Degrees" and am transported back in time to driving through Laguna Beach in a convertable Mustang with my girlfriends singing along.

I still listen to that CD now and then and love it. His later music did not appeal to me as much but I love his NEW RELEASE which is the second volume of his best songs:

If I could only use one word to describe this new album I'd choose: SEXY. This is music I'd put on for a romantic evening with my lover, sipping some wine, slow dancing and ... enjoying each other's company. He has an incredible voice.

The multi-dimensional singer, whose 1976 album Silk Degrees was one of the landmark pop titles of the decade, began working on Speak Low several years ago. He’d settled on most of the material, and had developed a rough notion of the sound in his head. “I had a few distinct elements I wanted to hear paired with my voice,” Scaggs recalls, “but I needed an arranger who could bring those textures to life.” He remembers wondering whether he’d ever realize the sound he’d imagined. And then he experienced what he describes as a remarkable coincidence. “It was raining, cold out. I walked by the Blue Note and heard music coming out of the club. It was vibes, string trio, a couple of horns – this was the sound I’d been hearing in my head, exactly. Turned out to be Gil Goldstein and a nonet. After the set Gil and I started talking, and it was just a really nice meeting. When we got together around a piano, that was it. We knew.”

Since I have no lover to give it to, I am sending it to my friend Michael so he can play it for his wife :)
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chez bez said...

Some Change from '94 was the last of his CDs that I heard. I loved it and look forward to hearing this new release. This sounds like a good one.

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Perplexio said...

About 10 years ago I picked up his 2 Disc Anthology. Fantastic set!

Anonymous said...

I've had Speak Low for at least a month now and I've never played his past albums as much as I've played this one. I've been a Scaggs fan since 1972 and I've always enjoyed his stuff; but as we've grown older, this jazzy blues and classic standards stuff sounds excellent. The band is great and Boz sounds better than ever. You may have to play it a few times to let it sink in, then you won't want to shut it off! Best tracks: Speak Low, Invitation, Dindi, Save Your Love for Me, and the hauntingly beautiful: I Wish I knew. Hope Boz gets a Grammy for this, it's great. SteveR in Philadelphia

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Anon, thanks for the great comment!

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