Will Downing - After Tonight

2007-12-21 14:51
After Tonight could have also been titled Songs From The Black Chair he says, as most of the songs were done from his wheelchair. The talented crooner clearly has considerable inner strength, love and invincible faith to have mustered enough courage to produce this sterling album.

There’s not a single trace of self-pity here. The main theme is L-O-V-E throughout: from the secular to the spiritual, check out “God is so amazing”. Opener “Will’s Groove” is an extra-thick chocolate soulful welcome. Will’s baritone is rich, sensual and as refined as ever. He rallies his long time friend and highly praised jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright on the mellow contemporary groove of “No one can love you more” and prolific smooth jazz saxophonist and songwriter Kirk Whalum on “All I need is you” and “You just can’t smile it away”. Yes, you might recognize the latter as the classic originally done by famous old school musician Bill Withers. The title track is just off the hinges and the between the sheets remix is sexy, cocky and seductive. So brothers make sure you have this one in your collection to set the mood for getting your groove on.

-Gugu Mkhabela
Will has a will of steel and is not going down anytime soon. The sleeve has a note to the listener that reads: “I’m gonna start this off sounding a little woe is me doom and gloom-ish but it gets better, so read on.” It turns out that Mr Downing was diagnosed with Polymyositis, a muscle debilitating disorder that inhibits him from functioning on his own and the use of any of his limbs.

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