Artist: Boney James

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Album:Pure

Pure

Boney James

The man who made R&B safe for smooth-jazz saxophonists has another possible Soul Train award winner featuring slick vocal excursions by Debi Nova and Dwele. There’s also a real groove-a-thon with Bilal titled “Better with Time” that, like the lyrics state, is like an old soul record. Keyboards also stand out among these 10 tracks. Joe Sample delivers one of his patented short piano solos on the aptly titled “Stone Groove,” and while Billy Preston’s organ and Bobby Lyle’s piano are not out front on “You Don’t Have to Go Home,” the aural picture they frame for the…

Album:Ride

Ride

Boney James

It’s no wonder Boney James is a winner of a Soul Train music award, and that his music is heard on urban radio almost as much as he’s heard on smooth-jazz radio. From his first album, and on up to Ride, his eighth, James always has had a degree of funky soul and light pop mixed in his sax playing, which is a smooth-jazz staple. But here the lines are drawn more clearly and distinctly. There’s no doubt that he’s staking a claim in the retro-soul R&B movement with several potential hits, including “Something Inside,” with its gospel-drenched Dave…

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