Since the late '70s, Frankie Beverly & Maze have maintained their popularity among R&B audiences while seldom gaining mainstream recognition. Beverly's breezy, appealing vocals, backed by an expertly played mix of funk and soul, have been effective on driving uptempo songs and tender, romantic ballads. Maze has integrated synthesizers and electronics into its arrangements, retained an acoustic base, incorporated Afro-Latin rhythms, and even included a slight jazz edge on some selections. This wasn't much of a departure from previous releases; its relaxed, steady pace and Beverly's infectious leads were the prime components. The Maze approach hasn't changed much over the years, and that's something that pleases most soul and urban contemporary fans.
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