Boz Scaggs will release his second CD of jazz standards and ballads titled Speak Low on October 28, 2008. Boz is particularly looking forward to supporting this release, because he will be doing so by playing intimate Jazz clubs around the country. He will perform live at Blues Alley in D.C. on November 19.
Speak Low arrives five years after Scaggs’s first album of standards, But Beautiful, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. The new CD has been an idea in the making for a few years now, but Scaggs initially couldn’t quite put the pieces together the way he envisioned. “I had a few distinct elements I wanted to hear paired with my voice,” Scaggs recalls, “but I needed an arranger who could bring those textures to life.”
A chance walk in the East Villiage on a cold rainy day set the wheels in motion. "I walked by the Blue Note and heard music coming out of the club. It was vibes, string trio, a couple of horns – this was the sound I’d been hearing in my head, exactly. Turned out to be Gil Goldstein and a nonet. After the set Gil and I started talking, and it was just a really nice meeting. When we got together around a piano, that was it. We knew.” The album was then recorded at Skywalker Sound, a state-of-the-art studio that’s part of filmmaker George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch complex.
The special jazz club tour will feature multiple shows in most cities, and should allows fans to experience the tracks in the intimate setting they were intended for. Scaggs will not only perform the standards from ‘Speak Low’ but he’ll debut new versions of fan favorites like “Lowdown,” “JoJo,” and “Lido Shuffle.”