Boz Scaggs (Vinyl)
From his formative years as a musician growing up in Texas in the days of early rock and roll, R&B, the blues and folk, Scaggs was steeped in the music coming out of New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago and from down the road, Dallas. He made his way as a journeyman in the small combo tradition as a rhythm and bass guitar player and sometime singer in Madison and Austin before landing in London, England in 1965 with a group from Texas. He went on to travel in the "dharma bum" tradition, playing in small clubs and sitting in "wherever I found myself" for the next couple of years, making his first record and establishing a home base in Stockholm.
After an overland trip through Eastern Europe and on to India and Nepal in 1967, Scaggs headed to San Francisco for a gig with the Steve Miller Band that was to last a year and include that band's first two albums. Next came a solo record, titled simply Boz Scaggs, which was made with the legendary Mussel Shoals rhythm section and featured the great Duane Allman.
Later, Scaggs returned to San Francisco to play the club circuit in the Bay Area. This led to a signing with Columbia Records that lasted some 20 years and produced nine records, notably the mid-seventies Slow Dancer and Silk Degrees, and then Middle Man in the 80's.
After a ten-year hiatus, Scaggs recorded four albums including the Grammy-nominated Come On Home, a blues and R&B collection that honored his musical roots, and the critically-acclaimed 2001 release, Dig which was, in his own words, "the best work of my life in music."
The current release, But Beautiful, sets another career standard. These are the vocals of an accomplished musician who has honed his craft over time and knows how to deliver a lyric; this is a voice enriched by time.
Dig, originally released in 2001 on Virgin Records, is now available on Gray Cat Records. The critically-acclaimed album features contributions by Roy Hargrove (D'Angelo) on trumpet, Ray Parker Jr. and Steve Lukather on guitars, Nathan East on bass and Greg Phillinganes on keyboards.
Dig, in sum, is an album that both reaches back to the essential elements of Boz Scaggs' artistry as it points the way to a fresh installment in a lifetime dedicated to music. The result is ten original tracks that together comprise the artist's most assured and accessible collection since his 1976 landmark Silk Degrees.
3. Miss Riddle
4. I Just Go
6. Call That Love
7. King Of El Paso
8. You're Not
9. Vanishing Point
10. Thanks to You
Co-produced by Boz Scaggs, David Paich (Member of Toto and collaborator on Silk Degrees) and Danny Kortchmar (guitarist for Don Henley and James Taylor)
But Beautiful is a standards collection of uncommon elegance and integrity. Performed with a jazz quartet, this release is an assured, logical next step in an enduring musical career, and signals the arrival of an important new voice in the domain of the great American songbook.
- What's New
- Never Let Me Go
- How Long Has This Been Going On?
- Sophisticated Lady
- But Beautiful
- Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered
- Easy Living
- I Should Care
- You Don't Know What Love Is
- For All We Know