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Monday, April 27, 2020

CD Review: Curtis Stigers - Gentleman

Curtis Stigers (vocal/tenor sax); Larry Golding (organ/piano); David Piltch (bass); Austin Beede (drums); John 'Scrapper Sneider' (trumpet); Doug Yowell (percussion); Jody Ferber (cello).

Stigers’ new album offers a wry yet elegant reassessment of the modern male. Along with his own lyrical observations, penned in collaboration with longtime partners Larry Goldings and David Poe, Stigers also calls on the help of top songwriters Nick Lowe, Tom T. Hall and John Fulbright, and a stellar line up of musicians comprised of organist Larry Goldings (James Taylor), bassist David Piltch (k.d. lang), drummer Austin Beede (Alastair Greene Band), trumpeter John “Scrapper” Sneider (Madeleine Peyroux), percussionist Doug Yowell (Duncan Sheik) and cellist Jody Ferber (Esperanza Spalding).  Stigers and Goldings share the producer credit. 


The above is what the blurb says and the opening sentence more or less sums it up although I'm not quite sure how After You've Gone offers "a wry yet elegant reassessment of the modern male"! although there is some nice trumpet work from Sneider on that and on several other tracks. Stigers blows some gutsy tenor on the title track as well as croaking out the lyric in his distinctive manner.

The other songs, originals and more contemporary ones, certainly do what it says on the tin. They're laid back and laconic observations of life that will probably appeal to the more mature, middle of the road, section of his audience. He's worn so many hats over the years that, unless you listen first, you don't know what you're getting.

I personally liked it.

Lance
Available  this Friday (May 1) from Emarcy/Universal.

  1. Lately I’ve Let Things Slide (Nick Lowe) 
  2. After You’ve Gone (Turner Layton/Henry Creamer) 
  3. A Lifetime Together (Curtis Stigers/Larry Goldings) 
  4. Gentleman (Curtis Stigers/David Poe) 
  5. As Usual (Larry Goldings/Bill Demain) 
  6. Remember (David Poe) 
  7. She Knows (John Fullbright) 
  8. Here We Go Again (Larry Goldings/Curtis Stigers/ David Poe) 
  9. Shame on the Rain (Tom T. Hall) 
  10. Under the Snow (David Poe) 
  11. Learning to Let You Go (Goldings/Stigers/Poe) 

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