Posts Tagged ‘ Kim Waters ’

Streetwize – Does The Divas!

The Streetwize series includes Streetwize (2002), Streetwize II (2003), Streetwize/Slowjamz (2004), Streetwize Does Dre (2005), Streetwize Sexy Love (2007), Streetwize Does Mary J. Blige (2008), Streetwize – Put U To Bed (2009), Streetwize – Feelin’ Sexy(2012), and Streetwize – Body Party (2013). Streetwize – Does The Divas! is the continuation in 2015.

Saxophonist Kim Waters supported by the Streetwize all-stars are the performers on this album, a tribute on famous R&B divas. American recording artist Beyoncé wrote and performed Blow for her fifth studio album Beyoncé. Waters transforms the song in the known fashion with the sax in the lead. Stay is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012) featuring guest vocals by Mikky Ekko. Waters manages to capture the emotional mood of the song with his saxophone.

With Dream Lover from Maria Carey (1993) he has chosen an older song that still showed this singer in fresh youth. Also on this song the soprano is his first choice. I Blame You is Ledisi’s joyful reflection on that new-found love, the first track of her album The Truth (2014). Dana Pope, Kim’s wife, muse and significant soul mate carries with her voice in a large part to the vocal identity of the songs.

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Kim Waters – Silver Soul

The music business is fast paced. For years, Kim Waters was a fixture on the label Shanachie Entertainment. His 19th solo album My Loves was however released on Red River Entertainment in 2013. Now he returns on the same label with Silver Soul, scheduled for release on September 2, 2014.

25 years since his first release Sweet & Saxy Kim Waters celebrates his silver anniversary. He has remained faithful to his music style. No reason to change the horse, when you are successful. As usual Waters performs on the new album all instruments, saxophone and background vocals. Allen Hinds supports him with guitars. There are also some guest musicians such as his daughter Kayla Waters on piano and additional lead and background singers Dana Pope, Zendaya and Eric Roberson.

“Silver Soul is really a thank you to my audience that has been with me thus far throughout my 25-year musical journey as a recording artist. I took my time writing the material because I wanted it to be an album of hits with every song sounding like a single,” comments Waters.

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Kim Waters – Silver Soul

SilverSoulWith persistence, patience and passion, romance grows stronger, richer and sweeter each year and for 25 years, urban-jazz saxophonist Kim Waters has written, produced and performed chart-topping candlelight compositions that explore the excitement, exoticism and mystique of love. He will clank glasses on September 2 to celebrate the silver anniversary with the release of his aptly titled 20th solo album, Silver Soul, to be issued by Red River Entertainment.

Silver Soul is most definitely an urban adult contemporary album with a wealth of R&B vocals and sultry grooves although almost half of the dozen cuts produced by Waters are instrumental numbers certain to woo his contemporary jazz fan base like the highly rhythmic first single with the grandiose hook, “Dreaming Of You,” is already doing. The tune showcasing his daughter Kayla Waters on piano was the second most added track on playlists this week according to BDS Radio.

Waters isn’t a word man, but his melodies convey intimacy while redolent of ardor and seduction. In addition to playing most of the instruments on Silver Soul, Waters emotes using the voice of his impassioned sax – tenor, alto and soprano – employing his masterful command of the instrument to serenade with harmonic poetry and aural overtures. Continue reading

Kim Waters – My Loves

Kim Waters - My Loves2013 release, the 19th album from the saxophonist, band leader, composer, arranger, and producer. After over two decades as a music superstar with 16 Top Ten and 14 #1 singles, four #1 CDs and sales in excess of a million album units, Kim Waters again elevates his already luminous career profile to an even higher pinnacle with My Loves.

Resplendent with all the Kim Waters signature in-the-pocket grooves, seductive melodies, virtuoso improvisations, state-of-the-art production and inspired contributions from his musicians and guest vocalists, My Loves, with an even deeper focus on the distinctly rich Urban Music mother-lode, is a soulful, 11-track hymnal in praise of romance in all its varied shadings, hues, depths, grandeur, yearnings and joyous fulfillments.

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Streetwize – Feelin’ Sexy

Kim Waters is certainly the most productive saxophonist of the smooth jazz genre. Very popular are his Streetwize albums Streetwize (2002), Streetwize II (2003), Streetwize/Slowjamz (2004), Streetwize Does Dre (2005), Streetwize Sexy Love (2007), Streetwize Does Mary J. Blige (2008), and Streetwize – Put U To Bed (2009).

His latest project in this series is Streetwize – Feelin’ Sexy, which was released October 30, 2012 on Shanachie Entertainment. Kim Waters played all instruments except Bernd Shoenhart (guitar). In his own way interprets Waters R&B hits with market success in recent years.

Crooner Robin Thickes’ Love After War has a high seductive potential, shared by Waters on his faithful rendition. Ledisi’s lead single Pieces Of Me has a critical attitude. Waters perfectly crystallized the melodic part with his tenor sax.

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Kim Waters – This Heart Of Mine

Now we talk about the saxiest man in the smooth jazz world, the creator of Sweet & Saxy (1989), All Because of You (1990), Sax Appeal (1991), Tribute (1992), Peaceful Journey (1993), It’s Time For Love (1994), Home For Christmas (1994), You Are Not Alone (1996), Love’s Melody (1998), One Special Moment (1999), From The Heart (2001), Someone To Love You (2002), In The Name of Love (2004), All For Love (2005), You Are My Lady (2007), I Want You (2008), Love Stories (2010) and This Heart Of Mine (2011), the one and only Kim Waters.

Nothing can stop his productive creativity. So he also served Streetwize (2002), Streetwize II (2003), Streetwize/Slowjamz (2004), Streetwize Does Dre (2005), Streetwize Sexy Love (2007), Streetwize Does Mary J. Blige (2008), Streetwize – Put U To Bed (2009). As member of the Sax Pack he released in addition The Sax Pack (2008) and The Pack Is Back (2009).

I would ask Kim, when do you have time for recreation? “I believe that the world cannot live without new music. I know I can’t!” Following this answer we should direct our attention to his new album This Heart Of Mine. Kim performs on this album most of the instruments only supported by Allen Hinds on guitars.


Kim Waters – This Heart of Mine

Kim Waters is about to drop a new CD called This Heart of Mine on October 25th. Waters is the king of smooth urban jazz and one of the first instrumentalists to really hit big in the quiet storm radio world. As one of the top five best-selling instrumentalists in jazz, Kim Waters has collaborated with everyone from Al Green, Isaac Hayes and Phyllis Hyman to Kenny Lattimore and Teddy Riley and Guy, to name a few.

JazzTimes Magazine says “Waters is simply one of the planet’s best saxophonists” while The Washington Post declares, “Kim Waters is like a romantic pied piper out on a long evening stroll. Kim Waters has had 13 # one singles and over 20 top ten hits during his career.

On This Heart of Mine, Waters plays virtually all the instruments heard on most of the tracks. He is insane in the studio. In addition to winning originals he also does covers of R Kelly’s “Love Letters and J-Z and Alicia Keys’ collaboration “Empire State of Mind.” Waters also does a sublime duet with the Soul Prince, Calvin Richardson. Waters and Richardson will be shooting a video for their duet which Kim wrote called “Am I a Fool.”

Source:  Shanachie Entertainment


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