UK Guardian: Secret Heart
POSTED: March 30, 2001

UK Guardian

“Curtis Stigers represents – as Diana Krall does – a carefully manicuredncherishing of a long-gone musical past. Yet, like Krall, Stigers is a musician of taste and intelligence whose instrumental skills have informed his singing. This disc is a mixture of old Broadway standards and newer pieces such as Randy Newman’s It’s So Hard Living Without You. It is inevitably a little cheesy at times, but the singer has a laconically conversational manner, like a blend of Nat King Cole and Mose Allison without the irony, and his bar-fly voice sounds charismatically a lot older than he is. A fine group, with pianist Larry Goldings and the sonorous bass playing of John Clayton (who delivers a sublime intro to My Foolish Heart) making this an urbane and skilful operation.”