Latin Conference & Awards

Sensual Journey

"Take some time and forget about time." That line from the spoken-word prologue to album track "Maybe" outlines exactly what will happen when listeners take this disc—Downing's GRP debut—

"Take some time and forget about time." That line from the spoken-word prologue to album track "Maybe" outlines exactly what will happen when listeners take this disc—Downing's GRP debut—for a spin. Longtime fans of the veteran vocalist's contemporary jazz-spiced R&B will revel in his cover treatment of the Main Ingredient's "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely," Quincy Jones' "If I Ever Lose This Heaven," and Michael Jackson's "I Can't Help It." Equally as potent is his signature smooth vocalizing on such original numbers as the entrancing "Bolero Nova," the playful "Don't Talk to Me Like That," and soothing lead single "Cool Water." After misstepping in 2000 with the Motown album All the Man You Need, Downing returns to the roots he sowed in 1998 with saxman Gerald Albright on the Verve collaboration Pleasures of the Night. Hopefully, with this release, newcomers will finally hear what all the fuss has been about.—GM