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Album Review

All the Man You Need was hailed as Will Downing's return to R&B music. Though after a listen, there isn't a huge difference between this album and his R&B/smooth jazz-oriented recordings of the mid- to late '90s; which isn't a bad thing. Though the beats may hit a little harder and there's more adherence to R&B ballad song structure, the focus is still on Downing's warm baritone vocals, soothing production, and good songs. The singer makes fine use of a soaring sample from Noel Pointer's cover of Stevie Wonder's "Superwoman" on the breezy "Share My World." Other highlights are "Real Soon," the Downing/Chante Moore duet "When You Need Me," the snappy, ultra jazzy "Tired Melody," a string-laced cover of Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands," and the smooth, skirting title track. Fans of Will Downing and adult-oriented R&B music will be thoroughly pleased.

Customer Reviews


One of the greatest smooth voices ever. This Album is just another reason will i s afavorite of R&B lovers all over.

One of the most talented singers ever

Can you believe he actually sounds better in person??? He gives the BEST concerts. Please don't stop singing. His music is so good and soothing. He picks the best musicians, writers, and producers. The albums don't all sound the same, which is why they are all so good!!

The Best!!

One of the best songs this man has made in his career


Born: 1963 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Brooklyn vocalist and composer Will Downing has hovered on the cusp of stardom since the late '80s, occasionally making some arresting album cuts but never the major hit or string of records he needed to establish himself. Downing sang in Arthur Baker's "Wally Jump Junior" group, and then employed Baker as his producer when he signed with Island. He did session work in the early and mid-'80s, singing on dates with Daryl Payne, Marc Sadane, Warp 9, and Jennifer Holiday. Downing's 1988 debut, Will...
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