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Kim Waters: In the Name of Love

Saxophonist Kim Waters celebrates 15 years as a recording artist with In the Name of Love. The CD combines great performances, strong original material and choice cover tunes. His musical prowess bountifully overflows on dance grooves such as R. Kelly’s “Step in the Name of Love,” “In Deep” and a remix of “The Ride” from Someone to Love You, Waters’ previous CD. Additionally, he collaborates with guitar whiz Chuck Loeb for some involved interplay on “Cross My Heart.”

Even with all the hot jamming, Waters makes a point of paying homage to some of smooth jazz and R&B’s influential predecessors, either through cover tunes or stylistic choices. Waters does an updated version of Barry White’s classic “Love’s Theme” and rekindles Grover Washington Jr.-like chops on “For the Groove in You.” As you can guess from the CD title, romance is not forgotten especially on the sultry ballads “All I Wanna Do (Is Please You) and “Alone With You.”

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