Sensual Journeyby Will Downing
The best cuts on smooth-jazz vocalist Will Downing’s Sensual Journey are the ones with the leanest instrumentation. With only guitar and bass backing him, Downing’s “Cool Water” has the passion of an old Spanish love song. “Bolero Nova,” with a Hubert Laws flute running through it, has a Spanish theme but is actually a lush love song, while “Maybe,” with light keyboards and a spoken-word opening, is a bedroom ballad that could melt the stoniest heart. For the Brenda Russell/Vinx Parrette-penned tune about verbal abuse, “Don’t Talk to Me like That,” Downing is joined by Vinx (for a fabulous scat solo), vibist Stefon Harris, and organist Ronnie Foster. Together they create layers of lamentation. Stevie Wonder’s “I Can’t Help It” perks along with a hint of Brazil and a Boney James saxophone solo. Downing’s “Home,” which features the saxophone stylings of Gerald Albright, is the kind of catchy tune a lover hums on his ride home. The funky warmth of the Downing-penned “Brooklyn Breezes” is the only hint of urban sounds in the set.
- Release Date:
- Grp Records
Performance CreditsWill Downing Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kashif Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Vesta Background Vocals
Gerald Albright Saxophone
Ronnie Foster Organ,Keyboards
Hubert Laws Flute
John Beasley Piano,Keyboards
Russell Malone Guitar
Vinx Background Vocals,scat
Boney James Saxophone
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Ray Brown Trumpet
Dave Carpenter Bass
Kevin Chokan Guitar
Luis Conte Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Melvin Davis Bass
Ronnie Garrett Bass,Background Vocals
James Genus Acoustic Bass
Gregory Hutchinson Drums
Marcus Miller Bass
Sandra Park Strings
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Lee Ritenour Guitar,Keyboards
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Sandy Stein Keyboards
Yergenia Strenger Strings
Michael White Drums
Marc Antoine Guitar,Electric Guitar
Elizabeth Lim Strings
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Rohn Lawrence Guitar
Will Kennedy Drums
Gary Levinson Strings
Stefon Harris Vibes
Kowan "Q" Paul Bass,Keyboards
Darcy Aldridge Vocals,Background Vocals
Blake English Guitar
Lisa Kim Strings
Fiona Simon Strings
Phil Jackson Background Vocals
Tariqh Akoni Guitar
Jung Sun Yoo Strings
Karen Marx Strings
Mika Lett Background Vocals
Jochem van der Saag Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Sampling,Talk Box
Technical CreditsWill Downing Producer,Engineer
Ronnie Foster Producer,Engineer
John Beasley Producer,String Arrangements
Nelson Rodriguez grooming,Groomer
Ronnie Garrett Producer
Alec Head Engineer
Don Murray Engineer
Rex Rideout Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Lee Ritenour Arranger,Producer
Sandy Stein Producer
Michael Hart Thompson Engineer
Hollis King Art Direction
Phil Temple Executive Producer
Kowan "Q" Paul Producer,drum programming
Blake English Engineer,Pro-Tools
Jochem van der Saag Arranger,drum programming,Percussion Programming,Sample Programming
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This is one of the best albums I've heard all year. Wills music is such a great way to end my work days.
Will has always had the ability to make you believe in love and here again this CD is nothing less than enchanting an eclectic mix with his personal signature. Just love the man.
I LOVE THE WHOLE ENTIRE CD!!!!!! Will, boy you have outdone yourself here! The only thing that could possibly be better is the live version. Looking foward to a summer of concerts. If I had to describe this CD in one word it would be DELICIOUS!!!!!! Flower
''Good Things Come For Those Who Wait''.That's what Will have done so far with his career. Rather than Luther Vandross and Freddie Jackson - idols for the genre audience that sought pop recognition and failed to achieve it releasing pop albuns abandoning their smoothness, Downing kept his work with small but loyal admirers in search of market awareness accomplished with this latest release through Universal.Attention lexicographers - Will Downing stands for smooth ! Encore!!
I own all of Will's disc and this one is just like the others. Magnificent!!! Other artist sing or sang but Will blows, as in blows them away. The live instruments are awesome.
My mom addicted me to Will early in life. I was going to school singing ''I Go Crazy'' and ''I Try'' back in the 8th grade. I'm glad she exposed me to good music early in life. This CD is no different. It's just good music. Bolero Nova is stunning. And the Mike 'off the wall' cover of ''I Can't Help It'' just iced the entire project. Spectacular effort and product Mr. Downing. Your music is timeless.
Hello Loyal Will Downing Fans, This Kandi from the STL writing to give a timeless artist his much deserved ''props.'' With me being part of the younger generation of WIll D. fans, I am proud to say that I have an ear for as Will would say ''adult music.'' Sensual Journey does just that, it takes you on a trip that is filled with warmth, a bottle of chardonnay and a companion that definitely has appreciation for an evening of paradise. Again Will D. has proved that he is a soulful and talented artist. Look forward to more and am on the edge of my seat waiting for the tour!! Congratulations Will and to all faithful fans, be blessed and keep listening.
Thank you Will, for returning to the sensual smoothness that got me interested in your music.This one is definitely a classic already.
Well, to be quite honest I've not purchased this album (as yet) but I could just imagine what's in store. Actually, the first song I heard for Will was ''I try''. I was also privileged to see the video for same and ever since it was a haunting experience to just think about his music and not enquire. When I did get the opportunity to do so via the Internet I wasted no time in writing down ALL of his albums and you know what was next, well I simply bought them ALL. The only one missing from my collection is SENSUAL JOURNEY, and I know it wouldn't be for long. By the way, one of my favourite songs is ''Nothing has ever felt'' with Rachelle Ferris.
Will Downing's new CD "Sensual Journey" is flowing with romantic elements of a lover's heart, and a womans fantasy. Will has truly outdone himself on this one!
I love the flow of the cd. If i could only find real guy that could be like the guy in the songs i'd be happy. But until such time I will love, love love this cd. It makes my fantasy a reality as least til the cd ends. How can i get the lyrics on the net I've been having trouble with that>
Listening to Will Downing reminds me of the cartoon with the crooning bird and hens (admirers) surrounding him screaming "Franky", then collapsing immediately. The effect that his music have on many listeners make them believe there's still romance in this world. In his music it's not about "let me wet you" "throw you against the wall, with handcuffs on" (which may be sensual for some on the S&M tip). No, none of the rough stuff; no S&M here. It's passionate and secure love music. The title of his latest CD states its righful claim: Sensual. My favorite song - I like them all - is Bolero Nova. I own 1 Freddy CD and 1 Luther CD, as far as Will Downing, I own all of them. This man will go down in history as the "Franky" of our day.
I was introduced to Will Downing attempting to find out who was the man singing the duet with another singer(I cant even remember now) on another CD. His voice was so captivating, his style so unique that it stood out in a duet!! I started doing my research to see if he had any cd's of his own. My first CD --Moods - IT BLEW ME COMPLETELY AWAY...my friend laughs and says you have to be Will Downings biggest fan. Since then I've collected every CD he has and received my wish to see him in concert at beautiful Chastain Park in Atlanta a perfect venue for a man of class. You will not be disappointed with any CD you choose!
What a great cd, ecspecially the remake of "I Can't Help It". Will's voice just takes you to another world with "Maybe". He is an outstanding artist, I highly recommend this cd to new and old fans.