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Various Artists: Hot Buttered Jazz: Celebrating the Genius of Isaac Hayes

Although it’s packaged with a typically cheesy title and gratuitous cover image, Hot Buttered Jazz: Celebrating the Genius of Isaac Hayes is a mighty enjoyable CD from saxophonist Kim Waters, who is known for his production of the Streetwize series of smooth-jazz-meets-hip-hop. Waters, a solo artist in his own right, embraced the late Hayes as a friend; indeed, Hayes sang on some of Waters’ records and acted as a mentor to Waters. Hayes, after all, could play a mean saxophone, and did so on many Stax projects straight out of Memphis.

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