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A taste of Sinatra from Curtis Stiegers


Curtis Stiegers with the Danish Radio Big Band, "One More for the Road" (Concord)

The repertoire is pure Sinatra. So, more or less, are the arrangements.

Check out those who are responsible for what Peter Jensen transcribed for the Danish Orchestra -- Quincy Jones, Billy May, Nelson Riddle (i.e. Sinatra's family retainers). Curtis Stiegers is the best concert jazz singer who isn't quite at good as Kurt Elling at his best. The trouble with Elling, though, is that his frequent spasms of ambition don't always result in the best records.

Stiegers' percentage is much warmer. This thing is foolproof -- a good current jazz voice in a live 2014 concert with repertoire people haven't stopped loving -- and a manner people haven't stopped loving either. Nor will they get tired of it for a long while.

3 stars (out of four)



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