Saxophonist Kim Waters’ created his career by writing timeless anthems with insatiable grooves, undeniable hooks and memorable melodies that combine the best of jazz, R&B, funk and soul. Waters’ released his 22nd recording as a leader and twelfth CD for Shanachie, Rhythm and Romance, Friday, June 3rd 2016. He dedicated the album to his inspirations – Kayla and Kimberly. “My daughters are my everything, they are smart, talented and focused. I am proud that they see me as a role model.
Rhythm and Romance finds the saxophonist doing what he does best — creating dreamy melodies, crafting funky dance-inspired originals, immortalizing sultry ballads, and putting his own indelible imprint on timeless R&B hits. Rhythm and Romance showcases Waters’ com-positional prowess and features seven dynamic originals along with three re-workings of hits by Janet Jackson, Sam Smith and DeBarge.
In typical fashion, Waters is like a one-man band playing almost all the instruments on Rhythm and Romance. However, he does get a little help from some friends including guitarist Dave Manley Waters shares, “Dave is a great guitarist who can play any style and he brings the flavor every time I call him.” Waters is also joined by his long-time friend and collaborator, Chris “Big Dog” Davis. He is a super talented keyboard player and a master producer,” exclaims Waters. Along with Dave and Chris Rhythm and Romance unites Waters with vocalist Christi Jones who Waters says we will definitely be hearing more from in the future.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Kim Waters’ artistry continues to grow, as demonstrated on Rhythm and Romance. “When my fans hear the new music, I hope they have a musical journey that brings them joy and happiness and leaves them wanting to play it over and over again.”
Kim, Dave, Chris, and Christi, thank you. Rhythm and Romance defines special moments. Mr. Waters ability to blend jazz, R&B, funk and soul is second to none. Compositions, arrangements, production and skill sets of all parties involved, oo-we-baby! Highly Recommended … ABYSSJazz