R&B singer Sammie recently shared with some of his counterparts for an interesting Versuz. While I was well above the age demographic when Sammie made his debut in 1999, he has always had a capable singing voice. Nevertheless, Sammie decided to go the indie route and has released five mixtapes, two additional albums, and six EPs in the last sixteen years. One of those EP’S, I’m Him is this week’s pick for Second Listen Sunday.
Slow Jam Saturday: Kim Waters featuring Jazz of Dru Hill, Love Don’t Love Nobody
Over a decade-long career, crossover jazz artist Kim Waters had built a comfortable, quiet storm and R&B covers niche when his thirteenth album From the Heart hit stores on April 10, 2011.
Waters’s saxophone skills had paid tribute to Boyz II Men, Maxwell, and Anita Baker on his previous albums. However, for From the Heart, Waters took it back to the seventies with an elegant cover of The Spinners’ hit “Love Don’t Love Nobody.” While Waters’s musicianship alone could have done the song justice, the sax man brought in Jazz from Dru Hill for the vocals.
Arguably, the best singer in the Baltimore-based group, Jazz never tries to imitate Phillipe Wynn, the song’s original singer. Instead, Jazz makes the song his own and allows the listener to feel his emotions as he croons:
“Sometimes a girl will come and go
You reach for love, but life won’t let ya know
That in the end, you’ll still be lovin’ her
But then she’s gone, you’re all alone”.
Waters and Jazz’s chemistry comes across so natural if Jazz ever had the chance to have his solo career, I would have loved to see Waters as his musical director on tour. My only complaint about the song is that we do not get a chance to hear the song’s spoken word.
Final Grade: A
“Love Don’t Love Nobody” from From the Heart is available on all streaming platforms.
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