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Boz Scaggs: Out Of The Blues

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It's been quite a while since Boz Scaggs' massive commercial breakthrough with Silk Degrees (Columbia, 1976), but even longer since he debuted as a solo artist, upon his departure from The Steve Miller Band, with his eponymous (domestic) debut album. Permeated with a soulful sense of the blues---even apart from the late Duane Allman's now-famous incendiary guitar solo on “Loan Me A Dime"---this Atlantic Records LP (produced by Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone magazine) was hardly the only early ...

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Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Care

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Less is more had to rule the sessions for Boz Scaggs' A Fool to Care. The core quartet of accompanists includes the producer drummer Steve Jordan, who's worked with the likes of Neil Young and Keith Richards, and while, like Memphis (429 Records, 2013), this album was recorded in a musical bastion of America-Nashville Tennessee-the album's twelve tracks proceed with a pithy economy right from the start, with “Rich Woman" and the title track, each of which seem to be ...

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Boz Scaggs at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

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Boz Scaggs Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, Vermont October 20, 2014 The Burlington Vermont stop of Boz Scaggs' “Memphis Tour" found the original member of The Steve Miller Band mixing a hearty selection of earthy numbers with the more polished likes of material from his breakthrough album Silk Degrees (Columbia, 1976). In contrast to his previous performance at the Flynn Center in 2010, a greater proportion of truly soulful songs this mid-autumn night ...

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Boz Scaggs at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Boz Scaggs NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY August 3, 2014 Boz Scaggs first came to prominence as a member of the original and bluesier version of the Steve Miller Band. He secured a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968, exited the Steve Miller Band, and in 1969, he released an eponymously titled album. During the past forty-five years, he has recorded as a solo artist and as a member of the New York ...

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Boz Scaggs at the Paramount

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Boz Scaggs The Paramount Huntington, NY May 13, 2014 Boz Scaggs has been producing his own brand of R&B-flavored rock 'n' roll for almost fifty years. Though he recorded an album in 1965 called Boz (Polydor Records), his career didn't take off until he became a member of the original bluesier version of the Steve Miller Band. He exited after recording two albums and in 1969 released an eponymously titled album on Atlantic Records. For ...

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Boz Scaggs: Memphis

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Boz Scaggs made a household name for himself with the ultra-slick Silk Degrees (Columbia, 1975), but he had already established a solo career for himself in the wake of departing The Steve Miller Band in 1968. Memphis further reaffirms the selective approach the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter has brought to his career in recent years, at the same time reminding that his best work, such as his eponymous debut (Atlantic, 1969)--with its famous Duane Allman guitar solo on “Loan Me ...

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Boz Scaggs: The Flynn Center, Burlington, VT June 29, 2010

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Boz ScaggsThe Flynn Center for the Performing ArtsBurlington, VermontJune 29, 2010 Boz Scaggs wasn't wearing a tuxedo June 29th, as he often did at the height of his popularity with Silk Degrees (Columbia, 1976), but much of the music he made at the Flynn sounded just as slick. The likes of “Lido Shuffle" elicited absolutely rapturous response from the audience, which gave the meatier blues portions of the show merely respectful response.

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Boz Scaggs: Maybe Not Jazz, But Beautiful

Read "Boz Scaggs: Maybe Not Jazz, But Beautiful" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Boz Scaggs is crooning Duke's “Sophisticated Lady"? Thee Boz Scaggs? The “Lowdown" guy? The creator of the “Lido Shuffle"? Yep. There's only one Boz Scaggs.

Having done blues, R&B, slick pop music and combinations of the three, maybe it was just time, but the latest singer to tackle the repertoire of the American Popular Songbook is none other the Scaggs, with the release earlier this year of But Beautiful. It's a mellow album, and it is done with ...

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Boz Scaggs: Standards Volume I: But Beautiful

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On this collection of genuine pop standards – the Gershwin’s “How Long Has This Been Going On,” Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady,” “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” from Rodgers/Hart, and more – Scaggs saunters through spare, smoky nightclub arrangements in his understated, comfortable voice, supported by a quartet led by pianist Paul Nagel, who also did all the arrangements. Nagel approximates the touch and sound of Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett’s longtime pianist. The comparison ends there.

Make no mistake, there’s ...


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