Baby Plays Around

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Those who think of singer/saxman Curtis Stigers as a pop
ock artist and associate him with "I Wonder Why" and "Peace, Love and Understanding" will be surprised to learn that Baby Plays Around is very much a jazz album -- not jazzy pop, but straight-ahead acoustic jazz. Not that there is any reason why someone with pop
ock credentials can't embrace jazz if his heart is really in it; after all, jazz and rock are both part of the blues family. And even though some pretentious individuals in the jazz world love to state that jazz is "America's classical music," the fact ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Those who think of singer/saxman Curtis Stigers as a pop
ock artist and associate him with "I Wonder Why" and "Peace, Love and Understanding" will be surprised to learn that Baby Plays Around is very much a jazz album -- not jazzy pop, but straight-ahead acoustic jazz. Not that there is any reason why someone with pop
ock credentials can't embrace jazz if his heart is really in it; after all, jazz and rock are both part of the blues family. And even though some pretentious individuals in the jazz world love to state that jazz is "America's classical music," the fact is that jazz has more in common with rock and R&B than with Beethoven or Mozart. Stigers thrived on that blues feeling as a pop
ock singer in the early '90s, and he thrives on it as a jazz singer. While Stigers was often compared to Van Morrison and John Hiatt in the early '90s, Baby Plays Around finds him drawing on influences that range from Jon Hendricks and Mark Murphy to Chet Baker. In fact, one of the songs he embraces is "Let's Get Lost," which Baker defined in the 1950s. Much of the time, Stigers is in crooner mode, providing dusky, relaxed interpretations of "All the Things You Are," "You Are Too Beautiful," and "Everything Happens to Me," as well as Randy Newman's "Marie." Stigers doesn't inundate his listeners with technique, although his lightning-fast version of Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce" underscores his ability to handle the demands of vocalese and hard bop. The singer who plays sax on Harry "Sweets" Edison's "Centerpiece" and Parker's "Parker's Mood" doesn't stay away from overdone standards, but to his credit, he also picks some tunes that haven't been done to death. "Marie," for example, is a great song that many of the more myopic jazz singers wouldn't consider recording. Baby Plays Around falls short of remarkable, but it's a pleasant, likable effort that has more pluses than minuses -- and is a reminder that people who are known for pop
ock needn't stay away from straight-ahead jazz if they really know their stuff.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2001
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431494423
  • Catalog Number: 4944
  • Sales rank: 56,859

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 But Not for Me (3:18)
  2. 2 Baby Plays Around (4:33)
  3. 3 Centerpiece (4:47)
  4. 4 Marie (4:48)
  5. 5 Let's Get Lost (2:50)
  6. 6 Love (4:35)
  7. 7 Billie's Bounce (3:40)
  8. 8 Everything Happens to Me (5:41)
  9. 9 Parker's Mood (4:14)
  10. 10 All the Things You Are (4:36)
  11. 11 I Keep Going Back to Joe's (4:22)
  12. 12 All of You (3:04)
  13. 13 You Are Too Beautiful (5:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Curtis Stigers Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Larry Goldings Piano
Dennis Irwin Bass
Chris Minh Doky Bass
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Adam Nussbaum Drums
Bill Stewart Drums
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Curtis Stigers Producer
John Burk Executive Producer
Ron Davis Mastering
Ira Gershwin Composer
Malcolm Pollack Engineer
Al Schmitt Producer, Engineer
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
Alexis Davis Director, Product Development
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Tom Adair Composer
Andrea R. Nelson Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous disk!

    I first heard Curtis Stigers only a few weeks ago when our local jazz station played the title track, 'Baby Plays Around'. I ordered the CD from www.bn.com and love every single cut. The guy is one super, and quite versatile, singer. As luck would have it he came to a local jazz club (Dakota Bar and Grill, St. Paul, MN) a week after I got the CD. Needless to say I attended the concert.... let me tell ya', that cat can scat with the best of 'em. If you're not familiar with Mr. Stigers style, he sounds like kind of a combination Lou Rawls (sp?) and Harry Connick Jr.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Curtis is back and at his prime vocally!

    For Curtis Stigers fans like me Baby Plays Around is the perfect album. He has truly mastered his voice. For those of you who don¿t know him, now is the time to become educated. Curtis is a platinum-selling vocalist and saxophonist who has put together an album of time less classics like ¿But Not For Me,¿ ¿Lets Get Lost,¿ and ¿All The Things You Are.¿ Along with these covers Curtis also has a couple of new songs ¿Baby Plays Around,¿ and ¿Love¿ on the album. He is truly in his prime right now as an artist.

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