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Kim Waters: Rhythm and Romance

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If you're open to accepting a musician who's converted his comfort zone to a comfort home, you're ready Kim Waters' Rhythm and Romance, which isn't half bad as long as your expectations are modest. Having racked up 26 years as neither the best nor the worst of mellow and soulful smooth jazz sax slingers Waters has done well for himself by meeting expectations and carved out a solid, if not necessarily spectacular career. Here on Rhythm and Romance ...

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Kim Waters: I Want You - Love in the Spirit of Marvin

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Inspiration is the intangible force that makes one person jump up from bed, bright, cheery and ready to face the world while another guy barely lifts his head from the pillow before grumbling and pulling the covers back over head to catch another twenty winks.For Kim Waters, his new album, I Want You - Love in the Spirit of Marvin draws on the inspiration Marvin Gaye, the late, great soul superstar whose songs include such classic soul jams ...

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Jeff Kashiwa / Kim Waters / Steve Cole: The Sax Pack

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"The Sax Pack," huh? Wonder how long it took to dream up that name?As soon as you see who The Sax Pack is you're either interested or you're not. Between Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole, you have three guys who have been staples of smooth jazz radio for years. They're all seasoned veterans who can be expected to deliver the goods if your idea of “good" is bland background music that isn't going to challenge, surprise ...

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Kim Waters: You Are My Lady

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Miles Davis once said, “Don't play what's there. Play what's not there." But for Kim Waters playing what's there is what he does best. There isn't a single moment where anything close to spontaneous seems likely. Half of the ten tracks are cover versions of songs done before (and better) by the original artists. Reggie Lucas and James Mtume penned “The Closer I Get to You" for Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway back in 1977, and then it was a ...

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Kim Waters: In the Name of Love

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Coming off two No. 1 hits, saxophonist Kim Waters is now undoubtedly one of the top names in smooth jazz. His newest CD should do nothing to bring him down. Fans of his megahit “The Ride” will be pleased to find a remixed version of it here, which closes the project. Waters is all about hits, whether writing his own or for others such as Pamela Williams, so it’s no surprise that the first single is “In Deep,” a driving ...