A Woman in Love
This new release from one of America’s most beloved and recognized Smooth Jazz vocalists is an absolute must-hear and must-have. Maysa’s A WOMAN IN LOVE is an incredibly satisfying listening experience that combines fresh, passionate originals from her and her producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis with sparkling and equally passionate contemporary reinventions of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone classics. The lady from Baltimore, who has amassed an impressive collection of work, as both the lead singer for Incognito and as a solo artist, has totally outdone herself on this CD, from ‘Round Midnight and “Willow Weep for Me” to her new hit single, “Am I Wrong (For Lovin’ You?) and her alluring duet with Will Downing on “Love Theory.” Maysa covers all the bases here, from straight-ahead to R&B to Neo-Soul, all with her signature jazz sensibility. To me, that most definitely equals a home run!
-SCOTT O'BRIEN SmoothJazz.com
Sax man Kim Waters’ new release, LOVE STORIES is a perfect example of why Mr. Waters has indeed become the reigning master of sensuous Smooth Jazz. That’s why his songs always end up in high rotation on radio! This CD will be no exception, so plan on hearing these tunes for a long time to come, as they’re destined to be Smooth Jazz classics. This is the kind of music that begs to be enjoyed late at night with a glass of wine, a full moon streaming though the window, and a lushly romantic vibe in the air! Every song on this disc is a winner, including a tasty original vocal featuring Kenny Lattimore (“One More…”) and a stunning version of the Rose Royce classic, “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” with the voice of Dana Pope. LOVE STORIES is billed as Kim Waters’ finest CD yet. I couldn’t agree more!
-SCOTT O'BRIEN, SmoothJazz.com