Personnel: Boz Scaggs (vocals, guitar); Danny Kortchmar (guitar, programming); Steve Lukather (guitar, pedal steel); Ray Parker Jr. (guitar); Martin Tillman (cello); Roy Hargrove Jr. (horns); Greg Phillinganes (piano); David Paich (keyboards, synthesizer); Michael Rodriguez (keyboards, programming); Nathan East (bass); Robin DiMaggio (drums); Joe Bonadio, Robin DiMaggio (percussion); Monet (background vocals).
Engineers include: Jeff Sutcliffe, Peter, Dennenberg, Steve MacMillan.
Recorded at ATS Studio, Los Angeles, California; Acme Studios, Mamaronceck, New York; Meac Studio, San Francisco, California.
Personnel: Boz Scaggs (guitar); Danny Kortchmar, Ray Parker, Jr. (guitar); Steve Lukather (pedal steel guitar); Martin Tillman (cello); Roy Hargrove Jr. (horns); Greg Phillinganes (piano); Michael Rodriguez (keyboards); Steve Jordan , Nathan East (bass instrument); Robin Dimaggio (drums); Joe Bonadio (percussion); David Paich, Monet (background vocals).
Boz Scaggs's first recorded effort of the new millennium finds the velvet-toned Texan employing a big-tent stylistic philosophy, dabbling with a rich mix of R&B, jazz, rock and hip-hop. Aided by a core support staff featuring long-time friends Danny Kortchmar and David Paich, Scaggs wastes no time applying his dulcet tones to smoky ballads like the slow jam "Desire" and the simmering "Thanks To You" (featuring restrained accompaniment by trumpeter Roy Hargrove). With its slowed-down drum loop and fat-sounding guitar-picking by Scaggs, "I Just Go" finds the San Francisco native applying a modern touch to his trademark sound.
Boz fans the flames slightly with the mid-tempo shuffle "Call That Love," delivers "Call That Love" with Latin pop flair, and flows over the chugging electro-funk of "Get On The Natch." But longtime fans will be relieved to know that blue-eyed soul remains a favorite on this rich musical menu. Among the head chef's tastiest dishes are the dreamy "Sarah," with its slow-burn vibe, and the equally laid-back "Miss Riddle" featuring Hargrove injecting plenty of Miles-like flourishes. Yet another triumph for a wily music vet.
Rolling Stone (10/11/01, p.92) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Sporting brass-flecked struts... plus gracious and penetrating R&B ballads... this collection testifies well for his brand of smooth passion..."
Q (10/01, p.129) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Absorbing....Scagg's defining quality - his sheer elegance - remains untrammelled....The old fella still has it..."