One of the best ways to measure a singer’s appeal is in road miles. How far can you travel with the same voice pouring forth from the car stereo before hitting the eject button? Frank Sinatra could transport me nonstop from Maine to Mexico, as could Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee, Andy Bey, Mark Murphy and Mel Torme. Add Curtis Stigers to that list. With I Think It’s Going to Rain Today (Concord), Stigers shifts into creative overdrive, taking us a good clip further down the road toward genius.
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