Master Composers: Will Downing Explores Being Outside The Box

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Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 29, 1963–Will Downing has done a lot of work in R&B, soul, neo-soul, and jazz.  On the back side of the digipak to his 2014 albums where he dabbled a bit with Brazilian jazz on Track 6, “Meu Bem Querer”–the pace of the songs harkens back to early Hall & Oates mixed in with a little Quincy Jones and Dave Koz.

The pace is slow, but thriving.  As Will says on the back of the digipak,

“I was raised to believe that if you keep doing the same things you’ll keep getting the same results so I went a little outside the lines.  Just a little!!!  Upon finishing the music I played a few songs for my good friend Dyana Williams and she said the songs put her in a Euphoric state…hence the title EUPHORIA.”

This 2014 album is the second of three on his own record label.  From 1988 to 2010, he did 15 other albums from the Island/Mercury labels to GRP and Verve Records.

Nice music for a Friday night to kick back and relax.  Other key hits to note include “Turn Off The Lights” on Track 2 and the popular smooth jazz hit “She’s Gone” on Track 5.

Speaking of which–I bet that now former Today show co-anchor Natalie Morales might play this album on her first hundred or so miles heading west to co-anchor Access Hollywood Live with Kit Hoover starting on July 25.

If we were ever that lucky to do a cross-country road trip…

but that might be another topic for another day.

Three final album reviews before the torch is lit inside Maracana Stadium.

Next week, look for another review from Marina Elali and Joanna–otherwise known as the woman named Maria de Fátima Gomes Nogueira.

Please enjoy your weekend.

 

 

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