Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist Andre Delano revisits a Babyface song from 1989
Many of soul & R&B’s elite have called upon saxophonist Andre Delano, including Stevie Wonder, The Emotions and Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds. Yet this independent musician/songwriter has built up a respectable discography since his debut in 2005, Full Circle. When not in the studio, the East St. Louis native Delano currently works as the touring musical director for Babyface, which gives him full opportunity to add his silky saxophone touches to the vocalist’s sweet, squishy tenor voice.
For this latest single, Delano chooses an expressive ballad from Babyface’s Tender Lover CD, “Where Will You Go” (7th Note Entertainment), in which Delano opens every Babyface concert. The engaging instrumental version highlighted by nicely placed strings and kettle drums successfully translates the raw feelings of leaving a blossoming love relationship: “But soon as love appeared/You turned away/And you were so unsure and so afraid/Of feeling what I was feeling.” From sensual to sensitive, Delano’s classy soprano saxophone lines captures the story-line and mood of “Where Will You Go.”
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