Featuring original and cover songs, Boz Scaggs has released another album which continues further along the road of cementing him as a rock legend. A winner of a Grammy Award and a man who played with the Steve Miller Band, recorded jazz albums, written hits for Rita Coolidge, contributed to movie soundtracks like Urban Cowboy, and has most recently toured each summer with members of Steely Dan really doesn’t need to add many more notches on his musical bedposts in order to be deemed a legend. Recorded in the very musical city that earned the title of the album, Memphis sees Scaggs further demonstrating the type of high quality music that maturity can bring to an artist. Backed up by well known musicians in their own right, like R&B guitarist Ray Parker Jr. and Al Green’s organist Charlie Hodge, Boz Scaggs has chosen to record music that suits him perfectly. The arrangements are rather spare which allow his voice to take center stage. Confidently he puts his own touches and marks on classics like “Rainy Night in Georgia”, “Corinna Corinna” and “Shook Up Girl”. Whether he is singing one of the ten covers on the album or the two originals the whole thing flows seamlessly from one track to another. This is a body of work and is best enjoyed as an album. Not to say that you cannot listen to one track at a time. Boz Scaggs has a unique way of blending jazz, R&B and rock into his own signature sound and he shows off that talent in spades on Memphis.
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