Will Downing

Invitation Only

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Invitation Only is another typically tasteful and accomplished set of smooth jazz and urban R&B from Will Downing, who has recorded with a diverse set of musicians -- including Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler and the Yellowjackets -- in support. The album is divided between standards, quiet storm R&B and new contemporary R&B. While there are still a few slow spots on the record where the style takes precedent over the material, Invitation Only once again confirms that Will Downing has such a rich, deep talent that he should be a much bigger star than he is.

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