Boz Scaggs

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Boz Scaggs, who had already recorded the solo album Boz (Polydor, 1965), was one of the key assetts of the early Steve Miller Band. When he parted ways with the man he had accompanied from Texas to San Francisco, Scaggs launched a career in a more atmospheric and less psychedelic vein with Boz Scaggs (Atlantic, 1969), that contains his most accomplished piece ever, the lengthy Loan Me A Dime (Duane Allman on guitar). Within a few months, Scaggs changed persona, as documented by the transitional albums Moments (Columbia, 1971) and And His Band (Columbia, 1972). Be became a romantic balladeer in the sweet-soul tradition. My Time (Columbia, 1972), that contains Dinah Flo and Full-Lock Power Slide, marked the end of his blues-rock career.

Slow Dancer (Columbia, 1974) announced his mature art of melancholy, orchestral, funk-soul ballads (I Got Your Number) and the slick production of Silk Degrees (Columbia, 1976) coined a new form of elegant pop-soul muzak (Low Down, What Can I Say, Lido Shuffle). Down Two Then Left (Columbia, 1977) came out as an inferior copy of that best-seller album.

Hits (CBS, 1980) is an anthology.

Middle Man (Columbia, 1980), featuring Carlos Santana on guitar, re-established his commercial credentials with Breakdown Dead Ahead, Jojo, Look What You've Done To Me, Miss Sun. And Other Roads (Columbia, 1988) added at least Heart Of Mine to the repertory.

Having opened the night-club "Slim's" in San Francisco, Scaggs seemed to retire from the record industry, but instead staged an impressive comeback with the impeccable Some Change (Virgin, 1994).

But Beautiful (Gray Cat, 2003) and Speak Low (2008) were collections of jazz standards.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Federico Morganti)

Boz Scaggs, che aveva già registrato il solo album Boz (Polydor, 1965), fu una delle risorse chiave della prima Steve Miller Band. Quando si separò dall’uomo che aveva accompagnato dal Texas a San Francisco, Scaggs avviò una carriera più atmosferica e meno psichedelica con Boz Scaggs (Atlantic, 1969), che contiene il suo pezzo di maggior successo, il lungo Loan Me A Dime (con Duane Allman alla chitarra). Nel giro di pochi mesi, Scaggs cambiò volto, come documentato dagli album di transizione Moments (Columbia, 1971) e And His Band (Columbia, 1972), tramutandosi in un romantico musicante di ballate nella tradizione sweet-soul. My Time (Columbia, 1972), che contiene Dinah Flo e Full-Lock Power Slide, segnò la fine della sua carriera blues-rock.

Slow Dancer (Columbia, 1974) annunciò la sua matura arte fatta di malinconiche, orchestrali, ballate funk-soul (I Got Your Number), mentre la lucida produzione di Silk Degrees (Columbia, 1976) coniò una nuova forma di elegante pop-soul muzak. (Low Down, What Can I Say, Lido Shuffle). Down Two Then Left (Columbia, 1977) risultò la brutta copia di quel disco campione di vendite.

Hits (CBS, 1980) è un’antologia.

Middle Man (Columbia, 1980), con Carlos Santana alla chitarra, ristabilì le sue credenziali commerciali con Breakdown Dead Ahead, Jojo, Look What You've Done To Me, Miss Sun. And Other Roads (Columbia, 1988) aggiungeva al repertorio se non altro Heart Of Mine.

Dopo l’apertura a San Francisco del night-club «Slim’s», Scaggs sembrò volersi ritirare dall’industria discografica, ma preparò al contrario un impressionante ritorno con l’impeccabile Some Change (Virgin, 1994).

But Beautiful (Gray Cat, 2003) è un disco jazz.

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