I Think It's Going to Rain Today

I Think It's Going to Rain Today

by Curtis Stigers
     
 
Since signing to Concord and releasing Baby Plays Around, an album of jazz standards, in 2001, Curtis Stigers has really found his footing, and with I Think It's Going to Rain Today, he continues to recast pop and rock ballads in easy, elegant jazz settings, an approach that allows his expressive, slightly raspy voice

Overview

Since signing to Concord and releasing Baby Plays Around, an album of jazz standards, in 2001, Curtis Stigers has really found his footing, and with I Think It's Going to Rain Today, he continues to recast pop and rock ballads in easy, elegant jazz settings, an approach that allows his expressive, slightly raspy voice to work its wonders. It is an encouraging synthesis, and much like Cassandra Wilson, Stigers has an unerring eye for pop material that gains depth and emotional range when transferred to the jazz arena. Here he hits right out of the box with a wonderful restructuring of Willie Dixon's "My Babe," resurrects Mose Allison's Vietnam-era "Everybody Cryin' Mercy," and delivers an urbane reading of an early Tom Waits' song, "In Between Love" that reveals the impossible romantic that lurks under Waits' hipster growl. Stigers has also developed into an impressive writer, as well, and the two originals here, "Lullaby on the Hudson" and "Columbus Avenue," are both well configured, literate vignettes that more than hold their own along side such gems as Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," a classic ballad of conflicted emotions edging gracefully into ennui. This is an album of jazz-pop in the best sense, meaning it isn't pop done jazzy, but pop actually done as jazz, which is an entirely different horse, even if some radio programmers will fail to grasp it. The only misstep here is the bonus track that closes the album, a less than striking version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (featuring Stigers' ridiculous attempt at a scat vocal) that originally appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Game Six. Baseball songs aside, I Think It's Going to Rain Today is a fine and nuanced album, and Stigers is on to something here. He's an artist worth following closely, particularly if his writing continues to develop.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2005
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431227526
catalogNumber:
2275
Rank:
118283

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Curtis Stigers   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Voices
Larry Goldings   Piano,Accordion,Celeste,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Ben Allison   Bass
Keith Hall   Drums
Matt Wilson   Drums
Phil Palombi   Bass
Matthew Fries   Piano
John Sneider   Trumpet
Pete McCann   Guitar

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Mose Allison   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Larry Goldings   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Curtis Stigers   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Josiah Gluck   Engineer
Jack Norworth   Composer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Michael Brorby   Engineer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Albert Von Tilzer   Composer
Dawn Brocco   Groomer

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