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.
‘Pitched somewhere between Jamie Cullum and Michael Bublé, Joe [writes] songs that sound like you've known them for years.' Daily Express
‘A jazz pianist and songwriter of considerable talent.' The Guardian
‘Songs at the piano don't get much sharper than this.' The Observer
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