Love T.K.O. is keyboard player Eddie Gip Noble's debut solo album, but Noble has been working as a backup and session musician, primarily for R&B artists, for decades. He is also the co-writer with Cecil Womack of the song "Love T.K.O.," which was a Top Five R&B hit and pop chart entry for Teddy Pendergrass in 1980. Not surprisingly, his musical sensibility is rooted in '70s and '80s R&B and smooth jazz, and his music is highly melodic and groove-heavy in a way that should please contemporary jazz radio. Noble takes good melodies where he finds them, whether they were written by Burt Bacharach or Christopher Cross, although mostly he provides them himself. Then he plays engagingly, although never with the jazz technique of his stated idol, Herbie Hancock.
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann