Kim Waters

From the Heart

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Reedman Kim Waters is all about the quiet storm on his R&B-infused From the Heart. Showcasing his calm, sweet saxophone tone over hummable melodies, Waters may not be pushing the smooth jazz envelope, but with such suggestive songs as "Until Dawn" and "Sweet Desire," one gets the sense that it ain't an envelope that needs pushing. Walter Beasley's "Slow Role" is an urban highlight with its mellow wah-wah guitar backgrounds and Waters' laid-back alto lead. In a deft move for a kind of crossover appeal, Waters has Dru Hill member Jazz sing on the excellent ballad "Love Don't Love Nobody." Also dressing up the radio-friendly tracks is the guitar of smooth jazz pro Chuck Loeb.

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