Kim Waters: In the Name of Love (2004)
Waters chooses two tasty covers: R. Kelly’s “Step in the Name of Love,” with Charles Smith handling the “step, step, slide, slide” refrain; and Barry White’s seminal “Love’s Theme,” which Waters introduces with “And right now, we’re gonna go way back.” The sax man can slow things down, of course, and his bedroom-pleasers “All I Wanna Do (Is Please You),” “Tell Me So” and the Kenny G-like “Alone With You” are among his best at that. Co-produced by Dave Darlington, who also remixes “The Ride,” In the Name of Love shows Waters at the top of his commercial powers.
Instrumental pop never sounded so unabashedly programmed—and so good.
Track Listing: Step in the Name of Love; Sunset; In Deep; Tell Me So; Love's Theme; All I Wanna Do (Is Please You); For the Groove in You; Cross My Heart; Alone With You; The Ride (Special Davy D Remix)
Personnel: Kim Waters (saxophone); James Waters Jr. (bass); Wayne Bruce (guitar); Dave Darlington (keyboards, drum programming); Chuck Loeb (guitar, keyboards, drum and percussion programming); Charles Smith (background vocals)
Record Label: Shanachie Records