Let's Go Out Tonight

Let's Go Out Tonight

by Curtis Stigers


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Let's Go Out Tonight

Having previously covered the likes of Ron Sexsmith, Dan Zanes, and Annie Lennox, Curtis Stigers has never been one to rely solely on the Great American Songbook classics, but Let's Go Out Tonight, his tenth studio album, and seventh since his effortless jazz-man reinvention, arguably features the most eclectic selection of material in his career. Not that it's entirely apparent on first listen. Its ten tracks may take in everything from wistful alt-country (Hayes Carll's "Chances Are"), vintage Stax soul (Eddie Floyd's "Oh, How It Rained"), and even atmospheric dream pop (the Blue Nile's title track), but their similar organic production and achingly slow tempos mean it takes some time for their charms to sink in. A country-tinged rendition of Dinah Washington's "This Bitter Earth" provides the highlight, Stigers eschewing his bluesy growl for an impassioned soulful delivery which recalls his early-'90s commercial heyday, while the bittersweet jazz-blues of "Everyone Loves Lovers" (the only original composition), the gentle waltz of Richard Thompson's heart-breaking "Waltzing's for Dreamers," and the suitably mournful take on Steve Earle's harrowing "Goodbye" prove that this is by far his most melancholic offering to date. A few less sedate numbers wouldn't have gone amiss, with only the organic folk shuffle of Bob Dylan's Oscar-winning "Things Have Changed" managing to crawl beyond a snail's pace. But while there are moments of monotony, Let's Go Out Tonight is still a well-crafted, if undeniably slow-burning affair, which impressively shies away from the usual familiar standards.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2012
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072330986
catalogNumber: 33098
Rank: 209944

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Curtis Stigers   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Larry Goldings   Organ,Piano
Dean Parks   Guitar
David Piltch   Bass
Patrick Warren   Keyboards
Jay Bellerose   Percussion,Drums
David Poe   Vocal Harmony
Kaveh Rastegar   Bass
John 'Scrapper' Sneider   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
Steve Earle   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
Neil Finn   Composer
Larry Klein   Producer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Jeff Tweedy   Composer
David Poe   Composer
Hayes Carll   Composer
Seth Presant   Engineer
Helik Hadar   Engineer
Robert Dylan   Composer
Paul Gerard Buchanan   Composer
Andy Lawless   Cover Design

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Let's Go Out Tonight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
sue_nyc More than 1 year ago
This singer was recommended to me by the Jonathan Scwartz radio show on NPR. I remembered the name from 20 years ago but was not familiar with the artist. Really nice rendition of cover songs and originals(?). Mr Stigers has a suave, dark bluesy voice. Not as heavy on the tenor sax as one would expect, since I believe that is the instrument he is known for. I will be looking into some of his older cds. Some of my other favorite artists are Michael McDonald, Adele, Joe Cocker, Gavin Degraw and James Blunt.