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Album Review

The album that made Butler a star. The sweeping ballads, catchy uptempo, dance-oriented hits, and multi-tracked overdubs and background vocalists helped make his music a staple on late '80s Urban Contemporary radio. There is little jazz influence and even less jazz content on this release, but Butler does display a strong, effective singing voice.

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I had just about given up. I've been looking for this for a long time; it was MY first JB cassette,, and I literally wore out 2 cassettes playing this so much. I heard him in concert in the 80's, with Whitney Houston, in NJ...... and I was an instant convert to his music. And have been ever since. But this one definitely is one of my all time favorites, no matter what anyone else says ( not that I've researched the reviews of this particular CD/ cassette). Thanks for the trip down memory lane!


Take good care of me was my jam. I was 13 when I first herd that song truly a grown man tune and I instantly digged it as young as was! There were some great grooves back in those days....


Born: October, 1961 in Cape Town, South Africa

Genre: Jazz

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

South African expatriate Jonathan Butler isn't really a jazz artist, but his laid-back, slightly jazz-tinged approach to R&B/pop has earned the singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer a lot of supporters in the urban contemporary, adult contemporary, quiet storm, and smooth jazz/NAC markets. Butler has enjoyed a following since the late '70s, although he reached his commercial peak in the late '80s, and he continues to tour and record in the 21st century. Born in Cape Town, South Africa in October 1961,...
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