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Kim Waters – Shakedown

When assertiveness, consistency and creativity come together in one person, then it is with saxophonist Kim Waters. His new album Shakedown (2020) is Kim’s 24th recording and fourteenth CD for the Shanachie label. In contrast to his earlier recordings, he developed his musical ideas not in the studio but on the piano at home.

Kim Waters played on his album all instruments, saxophones and background vocals included. Derek Scott accompanied him on his guitar. The album is opened by the uplifting title song which is inspired by Ramsey Lewis’ hit The In Crowd. A rousing rhythm and basic melody meets imaginative sax improvisation, this is the essence of a hit.

If you are looking for a common intersection between the music of Euge Groove and Kim Waters, you will surely find it in the piece Feels Like Friday NightNina in Tortola sounds adventurous and indeed there is Caribbean flair in this tune.

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Kim Waters – Shakedown

Heralded as “Simply one of the planet’s best saxophonists” by JazzTimes Magazine and the “Pied piper of Smooth Jazz” by Upscale Magazine, Kim Waters has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare in the music business. For three decades, the prolific chart-topping saxophonist, composer and producer, has reigned as one of the premier architects of Urban Smooth Jazz and a beacon of light in Contemporary Jazz. He ‘s garnered praise from critics and fans alike, ranking among the top five best-selling instrumentalists in jazz. “New music continues to come out, which gives the world something to lift them up and share with family and friends,” states Waters, whose new and 24th recording as a leader, Shakedown offers a thrilling ten-track escape meant to catapult us to a happier frequency. The Georgia based saxman shares, “Shakedown to me is something that makes you want to get up and dance and move your body! That was my goal for this CD!! Music that makes you happy and soothes the soul!”

Kim Waters’ instantly recognizable sound has found the perfect equilibrium between sensitivity and brawn, intellect and emotion and technique and soulfulness. On Shakedown the suave, debonair and commanding saxophonist’s ability to transcend the musical boundaries of Jazz, Pop and R&B have made him one of the most sought-after musicians in Contemporary Jazz. In typical fashion, Waters is like a one-man band, playing all the instruments on Shakedown as he creates dreamy melodies, sultry ballads and funky and bluesy dance-inspired grooves. He also reinvents a recent R&B gem. The new album is dedicated to Waters’ wife Dana and his twin daughters Kimberly and Kayla.  “They all inspire me so much and they are truly my best friends! Kayla has become an amazing artist, writer, producer and performer!! Words cannot express how this makes me feel to work together with her and to share the stage together on many occasions! She continues to grow at her craft and she and Kimberly are my heart!”

Waters composed Shakedown at the piano as opposed to his normal process, which is in the recording studio. “This is the first album where I wrote all of the songs at my grand piano in my piano lounge. I usually write in my studio, but this time I stayed on the piano until all of the songs were written.” Shakedown opens with the jubilant and uplifting title-track and first single. It has a bluesy-old school feel and is reminiscent of the Ramsey Lewis hit and crowd pleaser “The In Crowd.” The composition “Feels Like Friday Night” is a fun-loving celebration marked by Waters’ soulful horn doubling on the chorus and his gorgeous flowing sax melody throughout. We are transported to the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean for the song “Nina In Tortola.” You can feel the island breeze as Waters graceful soprano dances in the rhythms of the island mist. The undeniable groove and funk riffs on “Takin’ The High Road” and “On The Streets” will beckon you to get on your good foot while the tender moments created on the tranquil “With Open Arms” and pensive “The Moment I See You” will move you to a place of peace and quiet reflection. “With Open Arms” is dedicated to Waters’ late father-in-law, Frank Mayo Sr. “We were extremely close and did everything together,” shares Waters. “Whenever anyone came to his house, he welcomed them with open arms and always made sure they had plenty to eat and drink.” Continue reading

Kim Waters – What I Like

What I Like is Kim Waters’ 23rd recording as a leader and thirteenth CD for Shanachie. You have to let that melt on your tongue. A tremendous creative act. No licked split. Art lived piece by piece.

With the exception of three covers Kim has written all tracks. He produced and performed all instruments on the new album showing his quality as da Vinci of music.

The Touch of Love delivers a bouncy start of the album with warmth and sensitive approach. That’s What I Like is a song by singer Bruno Mars, released on his album 24k Magic (2016). A hip hop soul, new jack swing, the song became popular and the 4th best selling single of 2017. Waters accomplishes the interpretation with great skill.

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Kim Waters – What I Like

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), This Heart Of Mine (2011), Rhythm and Romance (2011), My Loves (2013), Silver Soul (2014), and My Gift To You (2015).

The 2018 release from the smooth urban jazz superstar is What I Like. Kim Waters has sold over one million albums in his more than 20 years of touring and recording. Loved by R&B and jazz fans alike, his crossover appeal, Smooth Jazz #1 radio hits and dynamic performances have placed him among the elite in his field. The brand new What I Like features brilliant R&B cover versions of the Bruno Mars’ smash “That’s What I Like,” “Maxwell’s romantic “Sumpthin’ Sumpthin’ ” and Kim’s re-imagining of the Isley Brothers’ classic “Voyage To Atlantis!”

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Kim Waters – Rhythm and Romance

In my review about Kim Waters‘ album This Heart of Mine one finds a rather complete discography of his works. This year we can upgrade the list with another gem entitled Rhythm and Romance.

The title is program. Groove and romantic content are some powerful components of a successful blending. Kim Waters did all instruments on this new project supported by Dave Manley (guitars), and in addition on selected tracks by Chris “Big Dog” Davis (keyboards), James Robinson and Christi Jones (background vocals).

Kim comments his new album: “When my fans hear the new music, I hope they have a musical journey that brings them joy and happiness and leaves them wanting to play it over and over again.”

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Kim Waters – Rhythm and Romance

RRSaxophonist Kim Waters has made a career of writing timeless anthems with insatiable grooves, undeniable hooks and memorable melodies that combine the best of jazz, R&B, funk and soul. This formula has catapulted him to the top of the charts time and time again and prompted JazzTimes Magazine to declare, “Waters is simply one of the planet’s best saxophonists.” Instantly recognizable for his keen melodic sensibilities and soulful approach to his saxophone, The Washington Post has likened Waters to, “A romantic pied piper out on a long evening stroll.” The prolific saxophonist, composer and producer has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare. Waters’ Zen-like approach to his life and artistry is simple, “My motto is to try and live in away where I am not stressing about anything. What’s going to be is going to be. I strive to be happy because life is short.” It is with this pointed and in the moment approach that Waters’ delivers his most enjoyable solo effort yet, Rhythm And Romance. The album is dedicated to his inspirations – Kayla and Kimberly. “My daughters are my everything,” beams Waters. “They are smart, talented and focused. I am proud that they see me as a role model.” Rhythm and Romance showcases Waters compositional prowess and features seven dynamic originals and three re-workings of hits by Janet Jackson, Sam Smith and DeBarge.

Through the years Kim Waters has proven he knows a thing or two about romance. Just take a look at the titles of his hit Shanachie albums over the last decade and half and you can see that love is a reoccurring theme: 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) and I Want You: Love in the Spirit of Marvin (2008), Love Stories (2010) and This Heart of Mine (2011). Kim Waters 22nd recording as a leader and twelfth CD for Shanachie, Rhythm and Romance, finds the saxophonist doing what he does best — creating dreamy melodies, crafting funky dance-inspired originals, immortalizing sultry ballads, and putting his own indelible imprint on timeless R&B hits. The charming and spiritually grounded saxophonist has proven through the years to be a master composer. “I usually start at the piano and write the song and melody and then I go in the studio and bring the song to life, he shares. “Sometimes it all comes together immediately while other times it slowly evolves.”

In typical fashion, Waters is like a one-man band playing virtually all the instruments on Rhythm And Romance. However, he does get a little help from some friends including guitarist Dave Manley. Waters shares, “Dave is a great guitarist who can play any style. He has toured with Jill Scott and a host of other great artists and he brings the flavor every time I call him. Waters is also joined by his long-time friend and collaborator, Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Kim Burrell, George Clinton, Maysa). “He is a super talented keyboard player and a master producer,” exclaims Waters. “Everything he touches turns to gold. He is truly a superstar.” Rhythm and Romance also joins Waters with up and coming vocalist Christi Jones who Waters says we will definitely be hearing more from in the future and singer Dave Manley who has toured with Jill Scott and who Waters says “brings the flavor every time I call him.” Continue reading

Kim Waters – My Gift To You

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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.

His newest album My Gift To You (2015) is his second Christmas album offering the songs My Gift to You, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Christmas Day (feat. Kayla Waters), It’s Christmas (feat. Dana Waters), I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Christmas Time Is Here, Mary Did You Know (feat. Dana Waters), My Christmas Wish, I Love New York at Christmas, A Song for Dana and Silent Night (feat. Kayla Waters). You can buy this Christmas present at Amazon.com.

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