It's been said that you can't go home again, but don't try telling that to Boz Scaggs, who with this disc revisits the stomping grounds that propelled him to stardom in the '70s, and doggone if he doesn't make the return engagement a fruitful one. While brimming with the tasteful blue-eyed soul stylings that took songs like "Georgia" and "Lowdown" into the mass consciousness two decades back, Dig doesn't sound like a communing with the ghosts of charts past. Scaggs plays nice and easy on a batch of smoky ballads, including "Desire" and "Thanks to You," the latter of which coasts along on a breezy solo from trumpeter Roy Hargrove, but he also shows a heartening willingness to toughen up when the time is right. To that end, he gives up the funk on "Call That Love," which pops and crackles with sinuous energy, and swaggers with good-natured panache on the swinging "Get on the Natch." At times, Dig does succumb to the wrong kind of nostalgia, with longtime collaborator Jeff Paich employing a few too many of the tricks he learned as part of Toto. But when Scaggs keeps his eyes focused forward, the album gives off the kind of sunny, timeless vibe that's all too uncommon in the pop of the new millennium.
|Label:||Gray Cat Records|
Performance CreditsBoz Scaggs Primary Artist,Guitar
Joe Bonadio Percussion
Nathan East Bass
Danny Kortchmar Guitar
Steve Lukather Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
David Paich Synthesizer,Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes Piano
Martin Tillman Cello
Robin Dimaggio Percussion,Drums,Hand Percussion
Monet Background Vocals
Technical CreditsBoz Scaggs Arranger
Danny Kortchmar Arranger,Programming,Producer
Bob Levy Engineer
Steve MacMillan Engineer
David Paich Arranger,Producer
Peter Dennenberg Engineer
Jeff Sutcliffe Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dig based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Good to hear some horns again. This man has the vocals that will make the hair on your arms stand up. Quite a stylish mixture of R&B and soulful Jazz. Can't help but sing along on ''Miss Riddle''. Glad Boz is back!!
If ever a perfect collection of songs was released, this is it. The tunes are meticulously crafted and show depth in both music and lyrics. Listen again and again and each time, DIG reveals something new. Some numbers blow (''Payday'' ''Miss Riddle'' and more) you away the first time you hear them; others (''Get on the Natch'') grow on you. But every song resonates and each featuress the strong intro and ending Boz Scaggs does so well. And that voice! DIG was worth waiting for and is aptly named because if you dig, much will be revealed.
I've got everything he's done, and this is my number 2 pick, silk degrees is still #1 in my heart, I just loved it! Back to his roots and soulful.
Dig is filled with Boz's signature style as both a songsmith and vocalist with a Silk Degrees feel of R&B, jazz and funk elements as well as hip-hop grooves -- Dig is smooth as silk.
This disc is never very far from the player. It's the music that I was yearning for when I found it. I needed this music to make that bridge to what's out there now , from what I know and love from before. The Jazz and R&B story Boz tells in a more techno language this time, still leaving air for the horn to breathe and the guitar to soar through. This is a play it through album that people put their hearts into, you can feel it while it plays. Brilliant.