Kim Waters

The Funky Biscuit Presents

Kim Waters

Electric Kif

Saturday June 10, 2017

8:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$40.00 - $60.00 General Admission $45.00 Day of Show (Under 21 + $10 at the door)

Kim Waters
Kim Waters
Saxophonist Kim Waters has made a career of writing timeless anthems with insatiable grooves, undeniable hooks and memorable melodies that combine the best of jazz, R&B, funk and soul. This formula has catapulted him to the top of the charts time and time again and prompted JazzTimes Magazine to declare, “Waters is simply one of the planet’s best saxophonists.” Instantly recognizable for his keen melodic sensibilities and soulful approach to his saxophone, The Washington Post has likened Waters to “A romantic pied piper out on a long evening stroll.” The prolific saxophonist, composer and producer has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare. Waters’ Zen-like approach to his life and artistry is simple. “My motto is to try and live in a way where I am not stressing about anything. What's going to be is going to be. I strive to be happy because life is short.” It is with this pointed and in the moment approach that Waters’ delivers his most enjoyable solo effort yet, Rhythm and Romance. The album is dedicated to his inspirations - Kayla and Kimberly. “My daughters are my everything,” beams Waters. “They are smart, talented and focused. I am proud that they see me as a role model.” Rhythm and Romance showcases Waters’ compositional prowess and features seven dynamic originals and three re-workings of hits by Janet Jackson, Sam Smith and DeBarge.

Kim Waters Through the years Kim Waters has proven he knows a thing or two about romance. Just take a look at the titles of his hit Shanachie albums over the last decade and half and you can see that love is a reoccurring theme: Love’s Melody (1998), One Special Moment (1999), From The Heart (2001), Someone To Love You (2002), In the Name of Love (2004), All For Love (2005), You Are My Lady (2007), I Want You: Love in the Spirit of Marvin (2008), Love Stories (2010) and This Heart of Mine (2011). Kim Waters’ 22nd recording as a leader and twelfth CD for Shanachie, Rhythm and Romance, finds the saxophonist doing what he does best -- creating dreamy melodies, crafting funky dance-inspired originals, immortalizing sultry ballads, and putting his own indelible imprint on timeless R&B hits. The charming and spiritually grounded saxophonist has proven through the years to be a master composer. “I usually start at the piano and write the song and melody and then I go in the studio and bring the song to life,” he shares. “Sometimes it all comes together immediately while other times it slowly evolves.”

In typical fashion, Waters is like a one-man band playing virtually all the instruments on Rhythm and Romance. However, he does get a little help from some friends including guitarist Dave Manley. Waters shares, “Dave is a great guitarist who can play any style. He has toured with Jill Scott and a host of other great artists and he brings the flavor every time I call him.” Waters is also joined by his long-time friend and collaborator, Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Kim Burrell, George Clinton, Maysa). “He is a super talented keyboard player and a master producer,” exclaims Waters. “Everything he touches turns to gold. He is truly a superstar.” Rhythm and Romance also unites Waters with up and coming vocalist Christi Jones who Waters says we will definitely be hearing more from in the future.

Rhythm and Romance opens with the jubilant, inviting and swinging ditty “Bring It” and that Waters does, as he serves up a soulful dose of his sweet alto, impeccable phrasing and a swooning dance groove. The Janet Jackson hit “No Sleeep,” penned by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis follows. Waters superbly conjures up Janet’s sensual soft cooing vocals on his sultry saxophone as he winds his way through this winning slow jam. The track features the keyboards of Chris “Big Dog” Davis and vocals from Christi Jones. The album’s first single and title track beckons you to get on the dance floor as Waters lets loose and proves why he is the master of the groove. The longing and devotional “Forever Yours” is a beautiful R&B ballad, while “Morning Star” is a free flowing number that builds in intensity and mood and displays the beautiful nuances of Waters’ soulful alto.

A special moment on Rhythm and Romance is Kim Waters’ stunning and emotive reinvention of DeBarge’s 1983 hit “Time Will Reveal,” which landed at #1 on the Billboard charts. Waters confesses, “I am a huge DeBarge fan! This is one of my favorite songs. The melody is perfect for a saxophone.” Vocalist James Robinson joins Waters on the song and together they create one of the album’s most beautiful moments. Waters puts a little blues and funk in the mix with “Smoothness” and the dramatic “Can’t Let You Go” delivers another high point on Rhythm and Romance.” “Heaven’s Gate,” is a percussive and ethereal number featuring Waters’ sublime soprano. Rhythm and Romance triumphantly closes with Sam Smith’s smash hit and soul ballad “I’m Not the Only One,” which Waters says he selected for its ‘simplicity but yet soulful feel.’

Originally from Maryland, in recent years Kim Waters has resided on the West Coast but is about to make a return to the East Coast and will relocate to Atlanta, Georgia, where he is part owner of the Kim Waters Jazztones Café. The venue features live jazz Thursday through Sundays. The Renaissance man was inspired early on in his career by such jazz luminaries as Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, George Benson, Grover Washington Jr., and Cannonball Adderley. Waters was born into a musical family and picked up his first instrument, the violin, at the age of eight. "That didn't go over well with the fellas," says Waters, who later found his calling on the alto and soprano saxophones at 13. Shortly afterwards he began playing in a band with his brothers, James (who he still performs with) and Eric, and his old friend, pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Over the years, Kim Waters has been called on to perform with or open shows for the best including Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Phyllis Hyman, Teddy Riley and Guy, and Gerald Albright to name a few.

Never one to rest on his laurels, the evolution of Kim Waters’ artistry continues to flourish on Rhythm and Romance. “When my fans hear the new music, I hope they have a musical journey that brings them joy and happiness and leaves them wanting to play it over and over again.”
Electric Kif
Electric Kif
ELECTRIC - having or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement
KIF - any agent [or music] capable of producing a euphoric condition

"Hailing from Miami, Electric Kif and their undeniable spunk has caught the attention of music lovers through their execution of cosmic funk, rock, soul, and jazz. Their taste and talent bring an unparalleled energy and sound to the stage that inevitably creates a uniquely raw experience through every performance.” - Live for Live Music

Electric Kif are a band who came together to perform music as an outlet in between sideman and session gigs with other artists ranging from Matt Scofield to Flo Rida…and many more in between. After a couple of years of hosting these well known jams in Miami, with numerous talented guest musicians joining them, the members realized their original music was taking its own form and getting a great response from those who heard it. They decided to write more, record again, and perform more of the KIF material.

The band come together creatively from very different backgrounds. Jason Matthews on keys proudly hails from Philadelphia, Rodrigo Zambrano on bass is from Mexico City, Eric Escances on guitar from is Grenoble & Bordeaux, France, and Armando Lopez on drums from Miami. Their training and experience combined was bound to generate something special…but their energy and dedication has taken Electric Kif to another level. Following a performance at one of the festivals, they looked at each other and knew Electric Kif was their calling. Fast forward to 2016… the band had new recordings under way, started playing outside of Miami, and shifted their focus to launch Electric Kif nationally.

Armed with their latest EP, Heist, which was recorded, produced by the quartet in their home studio, and mixed at City Of Progress Studio in N. Miami, they are thrilled to release this music with distribution partners La Reserve Records (http://www.lareserverecords.com/roster/electric-kif). “La Reserve is proud to have partnered with Electric Kif this year. As a new company focused on the music of tomorrow, sourcing and curating the most cutting edge arts from around the world - Electric Kif was a perfect fit with our vision” says Greg Mathews, founder of La Reserve.

The Kif have performed with national acts such as Snarky Puppy, Kung Fu, The Main Squeeze, Naughty Professor, Stratosphere All-Stars, TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds, The Fritz, Progger, and Killiam Shakespeare, as well as South Florida’s finest Roosevelt Collier and The Heavy Pets through a series of deep south and northeast runs. With the start of 2017 they were honored to be invited to perform at the first annual Ground Up Festival, the Okeechobee Festival with Roosevelt Collier’s Allstar Band, to represent the best of Florida musicians at Orange Blossom Jamboree, to play the prestigious Rochester International Jazz Festival, and more. They will kick off their second national tour in June 2017, to support their latest release.
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
http://funkybiscuit.com/