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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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.

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