Saxophonist Eddie M. (nÉ Mininfield) moves from sideman to frontman on this debut.

Saxophonist Eddie M. (né Mininfield) moves from sideman to frontman on this debut. Displaying the versatility that has earned him gigs with Prince, Stevie Nicks, Sheila E., Con Funk Shun, and Eric Benét, Eddie M. segues from sassy funk and pop to seductive R&B/jazz on this set of instrumentals and vocals—more than half of which he co-penned. Chief among these are the playfully seductive "Baby Leave the Lights On" and "Divided Soul." Adding able assistance on this soulful excursion are Benét on the moving "Girl to a Woman" and too-long-absent R&B singer Karyn White, who adds sheen to a cover of Junior Walker's classic "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)." While Eddie M.'s pleasant vocals on several tracks pose no threat, say, to the Brian McKnights of the world, they do reflect the honesty, passion, and energy with which he approaches his craft.—GM

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