"The sexiest sound in smooth urban jazz" - well, at least that's what it says on the back cover. It's a claim Waters tries his best to live up to (and often succeeds). Waters has a nice tone and his composition/production skills are in top form here. It's all very easy to listen to, often more instrumental R&B than jazz at times. Of the three Waters CDs on my shelves, this was the first I purchased and I think it's the best. Waters isn't taking any chances here and that's just what his listeners expect. It's perfect for a late night romantic rendezvous with my lady at my downtown loft overlooking the city lights as we sip a merlot. Waitaminute - I don't have a downtown loft, don't drink wine, and can't seem to stay up past 10 PM. Never mind (but the music's still good).
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Tracks: I was hooked from the first time I heard Waterfall on a smooth jazz radio station. Other good tracks are You Know That I Love You, The Ride, Riverside Drive, and the Chuck Loeb collaboration In The House. I don't normally skip any tracks plus the sequencing flows well.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: During my grad school days in Houston, I often listened to the now defunct jazz station (KHJZ, the "Wave") on the commute so this disc always reminds me of that time (2004-06) and that station.
Previously revisited for the blog:
One Special Moment (1999)
Peaceful Journey (1993)