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Album Review

Invitation Only is another typically tasteful and accomplished set of smooth jazz and urban R&B from Will Downing, who has recorded with a diverse set of musicians — including Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler and the Yellowjackets — in support. The album is divided between standards, quiet storm R&B and new contemporary R&B. While there are still a few slow spots on the record where the style takes precedent over the material, Invitation Only once again confirms that Will Downing has such a rich, deep talent that he should be a much bigger star than he is.

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If you're sick of commercial radio (quiet storms excluded). This is mature R&B for the over 30 something set. E X Q U S I T E!


This album is one of the little known albums for the Grown Ups... Will Downing... what can I say... Try him & Gerald Albright....

Not Just For the Grown-Grown Folks

Got this CD about 10 Years ago, which would put me at the then age of 12. I bought it because I'd heard the name somewhere, and I had heard he was good. I was immediately taken with the track Island, it was beautiful, the bassline impeccable, the percussive beat took my breath away. Then, there was I Don't Want To Lose You...nothing need be said of this song other than BUY IT if you get nothing else. But I'd hope you would as it's an all around great album with a great sense of purpose, a funky style and a sense of sexual energy around it. Like 8-Track era albums before it, the whole album had to be good, and so it is! Love it!


Born: November 29, 1963 in New York, NY [Brooklyn]

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Throughout a career that dates back to the early '80s, Will Downing has been among the steadiest and most productive artists in R&B. Not cut out to hop aboard commercial production trends for the sake of attaining mainstream success, he has tended to stick resolutely to a sophisticated and modern sound based in soul and jazz. He mixes refined originals with spirited covers, and combines his deep and rich voice with a restrained "song first" approach. Downing doesn't have many major singles by the...
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