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.”

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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