Album Remarks & Appraisals:
I Like This One' launched Joe Stilgoe's recording career and established him as a performer and songwriter of considerable skill. An exceptional pianist with formidable technique, Stilgoe has drawn comparisons with the great Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans, whilst his voice has seen him likened to Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum. Stilgoe's inimitable sense of humour is also in evidence throughout the many original songs (listen to the downright funny 'I really shouldn't be allowed to speak') and the sleeve notes, which boast a foreword by John Dankworth. A Dudley Moore sketch provides the inspiration for 'Mr Spiggott', whilst fans of comedy duo Flanders and Swann will recognise the classic 'Slow train' which Stilgoe gives a contemporary twist. Stilgoe includes his take on the standards with the Rodgers & Hart classic 'The lady is a tramp' and the Rodgers & Hammerstein toe-tapper 'The surrey with the fringe on top'. This hand-picked selection of songs combined with Stilgoe's great charm and wit ensures fans will conclude: 'I Like This One'. Joe is a singer, pianist and songwriter, touring constantly around the world with his band and as a solo act, having appeared at Ronnie Scott's, the Royal Festival Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican, The London Jazz Festival, The Royal Albert Hall, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Festival (Time Out award), Henley Festival, Barbados Festival, Sardinia Jazz Festival, Sicily Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Dubai Jazz Festival and in jazz clubs from New York to Berlin to Kuala Lumpur. He has appeared as featured soloist with orchestras including BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Northern Sinfonia, Lahti Symphony, Finland and the RTE Orchestra in Dublin.
Personnel: Joe Stilgoe (vocals, piano); Chris Hill (double bass); Ben Reynolds (drums, percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Joe Stilgoe; John Dankworth.
Recording information: Livingston Studios, London, UK (02/2008-07/2008).
Photographer: Jonathan Stewart.
Arranger: Joe Stilgoe.