One of the true masters of the very melodic "sweet sax" now personifies his romanticism by showcasing four lovely female vocalists on this latest smooth showing of his genius and craft, Ladies' Choice. Here, songstresses Regina Belle, La Toya London, Lauren Evans, and Terry Dexter individually provide us with their nightingale-like qualities, which are nicely sprinkled throughout the album in tasty doses.
Taylor has maintained an on-target record with his albums for over a decade now, and this one just carries on an enthusiastically-received tradition. Must feel wonderful to be so admired!
After opening with the now-popular, upbeat, and hook-rich title track, La Toya London offers her rich tone to the romantic, love-laced "I Want to Be Loved by You." To say she does ample justice to the piece is a gross understatement. Taylor follows that with another smooth up-tempo trademark gift called "Here We Go" (and yes, here we go!). Even on this, you can envision yourself dancing seductively close to your lover with that come-hither sway that promises an evening full of .... fulfilled promises. Enter the radiant Regina Belle on the sexy "How Did You Know," with sultry, breathy vocals calling one to her side to drink in her every word and phrase. Bring on the dance fever with "Streamline," a popping, shake-your-groove thang number with plenty of feel-good bounce. We get several more doses of the ladies on "Long Distance Relationship" (Terry Dexter), "A Love of Your Own" (Lauren Evans) one of my favorites--and another Regina Belle prize on "Open Your Eyes," another favorite. Coupled with Taylor’s own genius of composition and style, the ladies do genuinely take his romantic edge to another dimension.
And so it goes with this sax mastermind yet again. Always thinking, always seeking to offer the best he has to offer. As he says, "For me, the whole music making process begins with me in a room with the sax, writing melodies from the heart." Truer words were never felt or believed, Mr. Taylor!