For some 40 years, Boz Scaggs has been melding R&B to soul, rock, funk and supple, elegant pop. He’s had his major hits – the “Silk Degrees” album, and its chart-busters “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle” among them – and he’s had his under-the-radar releases that failed to light up the pop world. Yet, all commercial concerns aside, Scaggs has never released a clunker. His body of work is remarkably consistent, the level of musicianship uniformly high, and the elements of groove and soulfullnes always in abundance.
This is certainly the case with Scaggs’ latest release, “Memphis,” a collection of R&B-based tunes associated with that city, tracked under the auspices of producer/drummer Steve Jordan with a host of esteemed soul and funk musicians joining Scaggs. Whether tackling a classic like “Rainy Night in Georgia” or a Southern-soul burner like “Corrina, Corrina,” Scaggs, Jordan and crew sound truly inspired throughout. – Jeff Miers
Boz Scaggs – When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Where: University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst. Tickets: $67, $57, $47 and $37 (box office, www.ubcfra.org).