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Curtis Stigers: Baby Plays Around

Read "Baby Plays Around" reviewed by Jim Santella

While still a teenager, Curtis Stigers sat in with Gene Harris on Tuesday nights in his hometown of Boise, Idaho. His seamless vocal phrasing and soulful expression seem made for jazz singing. Stigers started his professional career playing tenor sax in local blues bands. No wonder he sounds, at times, like Ray Charles. And yet, Curtis ...

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Curtis Stigers: Baby Plays Around

Read "Baby Plays Around" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Sometimes it's tough for jazz enthusiasts to cast aside biases about pop music and listen to artists afresh, as if they were hearing a musician or a singer for the first time. And sometimes jazz enthusiasts--and jazz musicians--begrudge success condescendingly, as if the diminution of innate talent is a function of the increase in financial reward.

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Curtis Stigers: Baby Plays Around

Read "Baby Plays Around" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A unique jazz voice from the frontier.

Idaho native and Gene Harris Protégé Curtis Stigers has a voice that is the love child of Harry Connick, Jr. and Betty Carter. His delivery has a rough humor not to be taken too seriously, but serious enough for jazz art. On Baby Plays Around, Stigers basically sings the ...

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Curtis Stigers: Baby Plays Around

Read "Baby Plays Around" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Sometimes it's tough for jazz enthusiasts to cast aside biases about pop music and listen to artists afresh, as if they were hearing a musician or a singer for the first time. And sometimes jazz enthusiasts--and jazz musicians--begrudge success condescendingly, as if the diminution of innate talent is a function of the increase in financial reward.