Baby Plays Around

Baby Plays Around

by Curtis Stigers
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Baby Plays Around

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2001
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431494423
catalogNumber: 4944
Rank: 182065

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
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Malcolm Pollack   Engineer
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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Baby Plays Around 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.