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- Released: August 28, 2007
- Label: Concord Records
JazzTimes - p.84
"It's a voice that's at once young and old, tender and tough, warm and inviting as a caress, yet sturdy as a firm handshake."
- 1.I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - (with Curtis Stigers)
- 2.I Only Want To Be With You - (with Curtis Stigers)
- 3.I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now - (with Curtis Stigers)
- 4.As You Turn To Go - (with Curtis Stigers)
- 5.San Diego Serenade - (with Curtis Stigers)
- 6.Woman Just Like You, A - (with Curtis Stigers)
- 7.American Tune - (with Curtis Stigers)
- 8.Night Owl - (with Curtis Stigers)
- 9.Your Mind Is On Vacation - (with Curtis Stigers)
- 10.I Need You - (with Curtis Stigers)
- 11.Stardust - (with Curtis Stigers)
- 12.Real Emotional Girl - (with Curtis Stigers)
Personnel: Curtis Stigers (vocals, tenor saxophone); Curtis Stigera (tenor saxophone); Curtis Stigers; John 'Scrapper' Sneider (trumpet); Matthew Fries (piano, electric piano, Wurlitzer organ); Phil Palombi (bass guitar); John Pizzarelli (guitar); Lyle Workman (ukulele); Larry Goldings (accordion, piano, celesta, harmonium, Wurlitzer organ, vibraphone, glockenspiel); Keith Hall (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Josiah Gluck.
Recording information: B2 Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn, NY.
Arranger: Larry Goldings.
Curtis Stigers is intent on bringing jazz vocals to a whole new level. Rather than fill an album with a lot of over-used standards, REAL EMOTIONAL consists of songs by Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Randy Newman, along with two originals and the evergreen "Stardust." EMOTIONAL features lots of variety in mood and style, with touches of salsa, old-school R&B/soul, and country music, but it's Stigers's masterfully understated, heartfelt singing that brings it all together.