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A worthy addition to your popular jazz collection
on 27 January 2004
It’s almost impossible to know where to turn at the moment if you are happy riding the wave of resurgent “accessible” jazz. Jamie Cullum, Diana Krall and Peter Cincotti have all contributed to an upsurge in the popularity and the listenability of jazz. And you can add Curtis Stigers to the pile.
Stigers is similar to Cullum in that he doesn’t only revisit jazz standards, and that he often takes quite big risks by completely reshaping a song, as a listen to the Beatles’ I Feel Fine will amply confirm. On the whole, the risk-taking pays out handsomely, with some excellent tracks, well-arranged and excellently performed. Stigers has a good jazz voice, plays a mean sax and has a backing band plainly in tune with where he wanted to take this album. Fools in Love is for me the stand-out track.
Four stars only because unfortunately some of the tracks don’t quite work out. Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind just doesn’t fit the feel of the album, and Love and I Fall In Love Too Easily didn’t do it for me either. Nevertheless, on the whole the album is fresh, innovative and well worth adding to your collection.