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      08.12.2003 16:57
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      br> My love affair began in late 1991 when the good looking, pony-tailed, smooth voiced singer/songwriter and American tenor-saxophone player Curtis Stigers released his first album 'Curtis Stigers'. I was smitten. Jealous mutterings from my bloke suggesting he was a one-hit wonder were studiously ignored by me. Secretly I longed for Curtis Stigers to repeat the success of his first album, which fell into the Pop category, but I waited in vain. I made excuses for the lack of a second album in that he had written all the songs himself and they were obviously based on his own life experiences and were deep and meaningful. And anyway-isn't there something about a smoky and raspy saxophone player blowing down his horn? During the last twelve years several albums have followed and I have bought them all but none of them carried the magic of that first album. A music review on Curtis Stigers' new album 'You Inspire Me' gave the singer/jazzman five stars. Even more exciting were the reviews for his UK tour earlier in the year promoting the album. The critics were ecstatic over his life performances where he snarled, crooned and scat in ways comparable to Tony Bennet as well as playing the saxophone. The controversial point for many music lovers is that this whole album consists of cover versions. OK! I can hear many of you. Cover versions are never a patch on the original-but please wait. Curtis Stigers has re-emerged as a jazz singer. Consider a blend of Chet Baker, the trumpet playing jazz singer, and phrasing similar to our own Annie Ross along with Tony Bennet and even a touch of Mel Torme, and dare I say-even Frank. The Curtis Stigers' album 'You Inspire Me' is labelled an 'Enhanced CD'. I was unaware of the meaning of this until I played it on my computer and there are six wonderful minutes of video. This is mainly an interview and clips of live musical rehearsals and a photograph sess
      ion. This enhancement is cert ainly a bonus and thoroughly enjoyable. Stigers covers songs by Lennon, McCartney, Joe Jackson, John Sebastian, Dylan, Billy Joel, Ray Davies, Nick Lowe, Randy Newman, Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Jules Styne, Merle Haggard and Max Barnes and I would hazard that all of these song writers would applaud Stigers' interpretations of their work. 'I Feel Fine' by Lennon and McCartney swings along in true jazz style and, as in all the tracks, accompanied by a tight group of jazz musicians playing piano, hammond organ, bass, electric slide guitar and trumpet with Stigers playing the tenor saxophone. 'Tired of Waiting for You' by Ray Davies is given the crooner approach featuring the piano played by Larry Golding building up to a very dramatic finish. 'Fools in Love' by Joe Jackson swings while 'Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind' by John Sebastian, the lead singer of the Loving Spoonful, has a honky-tonk rhythm with Stigers giving it a feeling of the blues with some soaring trumpet solos from John Sneider. 'I Fall in Love Too Easily' by Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne is jazz inspired with much of a Sinatra sliding vocal and a solid backing by the bass played by Ben Allison and the hammond organ. This is a way out and funky sound ending with the singer giving us a cool saxophone solo. 'She's Got a Way' by another of my favourite singer songwriters Billy Joel, also known as the Piano-Man, Stigers croons gently along and is smoothly backed by the piano and drums played by Matt Wilson. Again there's a growling saxophone solo just in case the listener has withdrawal symptoms. The title song 'You Inspire Me' by Nick Lowe is another jazz based interpretation and not my particular favourite on the album. I can imagine listening to this track in the background- a bit like lounge music. However' Love' by John Len
      non is beautifully done and 'Blue Sk ies' by Irving Berlin is as good as any version I've heard by more well known singers. Randy Newman's 'I'll Be Home' has a sense of soul about it and 'Crazy Moon' written by Haggard and Barnes is almost country style and not really my style at all. Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, It's Alright' is hammond backed and made me think of 'A Lighter Shade of Pale' but thankfully the trumpet solo broke the tedium of the hammond and as in all the tracks Stigers vocals held it together as he goes from a gentle start then gives it some punch. This album 'You Inspire Me' sees Stigers as a jazz singer who should be recognised as a star. This is a challenging album for an artist who began his recording career as an international pop star and has returned to his first love of jazz. The man has a jazz soul and sings all these classy tracks with feeling and passion whilst transforming these well known songs into jazz inspired classics of his own. The title song seems to be double edged. Perhaps Stigers is telling the listener that he was himself inspired by these singer/songwriters/musicians that composed the originals. I'd like to think so.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 I Feel Fine
      2 Fools In Love
      3 Crazy Moon
      4 Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind
      5 Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
      6 She's Got A Way
      7 Tired Of Waiting For You
      8 You Inspire Me
      9 Love
      10 I Fall In Love Too Easily
      11 I'll Be Home
      12 Blue Skies