10 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While alto and soprano sax continue to be Kim Waters’ calling card, it’s worth noting that the Atlanta artist plays all instruments (with a small handful of exceptions) on his recent recordings—including What I Like, which continues his long run on Shanachie. Waters’ 360-degree musicianship and production chops are strong here, as is his soulful feel and his connection to contemporary pop. The album takes its title from a spirited cover of Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like.” Maxwell’s “Sumthin’ Sumthin’” and The Isley Brothers’ “Voyage to Atlantis” get a similar groove-intensive treatment. Waters’ originals are invitingly melodic, from the grittier R&B/dance rhythms of “Pocket Science” to the alluring harmonic progressions of “Fire and Spice” and “Walking on Air.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

While alto and soprano sax continue to be Kim Waters’ calling card, it’s worth noting that the Atlanta artist plays all instruments (with a small handful of exceptions) on his recent recordings—including What I Like, which continues his long run on Shanachie. Waters’ 360-degree musicianship and production chops are strong here, as is his soulful feel and his connection to contemporary pop. The album takes its title from a spirited cover of Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like.” Maxwell’s “Sumthin’ Sumthin’” and The Isley Brothers’ “Voyage to Atlantis” get a similar groove-intensive treatment. Waters’ originals are invitingly melodic, from the grittier R&B/dance rhythms of “Pocket Science” to the alluring harmonic progressions of “Fire and Spice” and “Walking on Air.”

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4.7 out of 5
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SMOOTHJAZZ.COM REVIEW

Closing in on three decades as one of Smooth Jazz's most sure-thing, romantic hit makers, saxophonist Kim Waters celebrates 20 years as part of Shanachie Entertainment's urban-leaning roster with his latest in the pocket gem WHAT I LIKE. With a title like that, Waters gives his fans insight into what's tickling his sensual yet funky soul fancy these days “ delightfully and perhaps a bit surprisingly, it's a bit less dreamy balladry and more fresh, buoyant and danceable grooves featuring both alto and soprano. Waters has long been a master at re-imagining pop and R&B hits as urban jazz jams. He strikes gold here once again finding the tasty new school cool at the heart of classics by Bruno Mars, Maxwell and The Isley Brothers.

About Kim Waters

Maryland-born saxophonist Kim Waters is a gifted performer known for his romantic, crossover jazz style. Influenced by both bluesy jazz and soulful R&B, Waters debuted in 1989 with Sweet and Saxy. His next several albums, 1991's Sax Appeal, 1993's Peaceful Journey, and 1994's It's Time for Love, found him moving in more of a smooth jazz direction. It was a creative transformation that culminated in 1998's Love's Melody and 1999's One Special Moment.

In 2001, Waters delivered From the Heart, his first of several albums on Shanachie Records that included 2002's Someone to Love You, 2004's In the Name of Love, 2007's You Are My Lady, and his 2008 homage to Marvin Gaye, I Want You: Love in the Spirit of Marvin. In 2011, Waters closed out his time with Shanachie with This Heart of Mine, featuring covers of R. Kelly's "Love Letter" and Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind."

In 2013, Waters moved to Red River Entertainment for My Loves, which included guest appearances from vocalists Glenn Jones and Waters' wife Dana Pope. Pope was also featured on Waters' next effort, Silver Soul, which also included vocals from singer/actress Zendaya and vocalist Eric Roberson. The holiday-themed My Gift to You followed in 2015. In 2016, Waters made his return to Shanachie with Rhythm and Romance; the set peaked at number 12 on the Jazz Albums chart. In the summer of 2018, he undertook a tour of amphitheaters, festivals, and outdoor shed stages across the United States, previewing material from his next date, What I Like, released that September. ~ Matt Collar

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