Rolling Stone - 5/29/03, p.603 stars out of 5
- "...Small-jazz-group versions of some of the most romantic music ever....Scaggs makes some of the best R&B he has recorded since 1976's SILK DEGREES..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 9/03, p.1103 stars out of 5
- "...A vocal album of considerable warmth....A record that could give smooth jazz a good name..."
Personnel includes: Boz Scaggs (vocals); Eric Crystal (saxophone); Paul Nagel (piano).
Personnel: Boz Scaggs (vocals); Eric Crystal (saxophone); Paul Nagel (piano); Jason Lewis (drums).
Audio Mixer: Joel Moss .
Liner Note Author: Boz Scaggs.
Recording information: MEAC Studio, San Francisco, CA.
Photographer: Phillip Andelman.
Arranger: Paul Nagel.
In keeping with the cool, sophisticated image he's cultivated going back to his SILK DEGREES days back in the '70s, Boz Scaggs takes a whack at the great American songbook with BUT BEAUTIFUL, STANDARDS: VOLUME 1. Showing young bucks like Michael Cincotti and Michael Buble a trick or two, Scaggs takes up with pianist/arranger Paul Nagle and company for time well spent with some of the greatest composers of standards.
When he's not offering a lightly phrased delivery of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady," the dashing vocalist is taking a delicate trip through the Gershwins' "How Long Has This Been Going On." Somewhere, Frank Sinatra is smiling as this Ohio native also takes a winning crack at numbers closely associated with the Chairman's oeuvre, including "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," the title cut, and "I Should Care." Aided by the laid-back accompaniment of his accomplished sidemen, Scaggs sets the kind of mood you'll find in a dark, cozy cocktail lounge right around last call, complete with the hint of lingering smoke and clinking glasses.