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Will Downing - Soul Symphony (2005)

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Smooth Jazz | Soul | R&B | FLAC / APE

Title: Soul Symphony
Year Of Release: 2005
Label: GRP Records
Genre: Smooth Jazz, Soul
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 41:16 min
Total Size: 268 MB


1. Put Me On [04:08]
2. Crazy Love [04:41]
3. What's It Gonna Be [04:24]
4. A Promise [04:08]
5. Make Time For Love [04:45]
6. Soul Steppin' [04:32]
7. Will Still Loves You [03:40]
8. Superstar [05:48]
9. Heart Of Mine [05:04]


Will Downing (vocals);
Chuck Loeb, Dwight Sills, Wah-Wah Watson, Eric D. Jackson, Phil Hamilton, Rohn Laurence (guitar);
Rex Rideout, Chris "Big Dog" Davis, Herman "Peanut" Johnson (keyboards);
Melvin Davis, Ronnie Garrett, Sekou Bunch, Mark Walker, Dwayne "Smitty" Smith (bass instrument);
Bashiri Johnson (percussion);
Audrey Wheeler Downing, John Stoddart, Keith Fluitt, Dwight Thompson (background vocals).

Two years after Emotions and three after his exceptional Sensual Journey, singer/songwriter and producer Will Downing returns with Soul Symphony. There is something utterly timeless about Downing's approach. His new soul m.o. brings his mellifluous baritone to the listener in a silky smooth yet beat-driven tunnel of emotive reflection that goes right to the heart. Once more, Downing surrounds himself with the cream of the studio crop, like guitarist Wah Wah Watson, Rex Rideout on keyboards, and bassist Melvin Davis, just to mention a few. Downing wrote only about half the album this time out, and on these tracks he collaborated with bandmembers who wrote the majority of the rest. The album's beautiful hinge is the cover of Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell's "Superstar." But the slippery syncopation of "Crazy Love" and the shimmering acoustic guitar and hand drums that drive "Heart of Mine" are stellar as well. There isn't anything radically new here, but why should there be when Downing has reached as close to perfecting his sound as he's going to get? -- Thom Jurek

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