But Beautiful (Boz Scaggs album)

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But Beautiful
Studio album by Boz Scaggs
Released May 20, 2003
Genre Jazz, Pop standards
Label Gray Cat Records
Boz Scaggs chronology
The Lost Concert
(2001)
But Beautiful
(2003)
Greatest Hits Live
(2004)

But Beautiful is an album of pop standards by Boz Scaggs, released in 2003. It reached number one on the Billboard Top Jazz albums chart in 2004.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Allmusic derided almost every aspect of the album, beginning with the song material ("Apparently, old rock singers who have exhausted their commercial appeal and have sung all the pop and soul standards have but one place to turn -- the American popular songbook.") and ending with Scaggs's vocal delivery ("His off-hand phrasing sometimes is too casual and he delivers the tunes predictably, never finding a way to make these much-heard songs sound fresh."). They praised the decision to use a small quartet of solid performers instead of heavy orchestrations, but concluded "even longtime Boz Scaggs fans may not find a reason to spin this more than once."[1]

However, other sources of information about this album have been less judgmental, publishing comments and quotes directly from the artist. See the interview on allaboutjazz.com entitled, Boz Scaggs: Maybe not jazz, but beautiful.

It must be pointed out that, as in the case of the Allmusic review, a single reviewer's impressions are just that — subjective opinion. Attentive listeners and sophisticated jazz enthusiasts may derive substantial enjoyment from repeated listenings to the artist's interpretations of classics such as Never Let Me Go, Sophisticated Lady, and You Don't know What Love Is.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "What's New?" (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke) – 4:30
  2. "Never Let Me Go" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) – 5:06
  3. "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 6:07
  4. "Sophisticated Lady" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) – 5:14
  5. "But Beautiful" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) – 5:36
  6. "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 3:29
  7. "Easy Living" (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 4:13
  8. "I Should Care" (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn) – 5:25
  9. "You Don't Know What Love Is" (Gene de Paul, Don Raye) – 5:46
  10. "For All We Know" (J. Fred Coots, Sam M. Lewis) – 5:30
Bonus Track Japanese Release:
  1. "My Funny Valentine" (Rodgers, Hart)

Personnel[edit]

  • Boz Scaggs – vocals
  • Eric Crystal – saxophone
  • Jason Lewis – drums
  • Paul Nagel – piano
  • John Shifflett – bass

Production notes:

  • Jeff Cressman – engineer
  • Steve MacMillan – engineer
  • Joel Moss – mixing
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Phillip Andelman – photography
  • David Bullen – design

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2003 Billboard Top Independent Albums 10
2004 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 1

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