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Boney James: Shine

Boney James is one of the few smooth-jazz artists who can sell more than 100,000 CDs, in no small part because he’s tapped into the magic formula of crossover appeal: providing soulful and sexy vocal tunes while not forgetting the fans who dig the instrumentals. On his first CD for Concord Records, the saxophonist offers five vocal tracks, even going so far as to lead the effort with a vocal tune, the title track featuring Canadian chillout artist Esthero. Hot R&B vocalist Faith Evans adds sass to “Gonna Get It,” and old-school veteran Philip Bailey adds class with “Love Song.” Finally, Dwele, who appeared on James’ CD Pure, essentially provides background vocals on the Dramatics’ memorable “In the Rain.”

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