Editors’ Notes Alto saxophonist Michael Lington has released several contemporary jazz albums since making his debut in 1997. The Danish expat has always had a way with a ballad, and here he mines every bit of emotion from the gospel-inspired “Follow Your Heart." Yet he also leans more toward uptempo modern R&B, which recalls David Sanborn more than the glossiness of smooth stalwarts Dave Koz and Richard Elliot. This album starts with the upbeat title track, which features a muscular groove from his band; he also comes seriously close to James Brown territory on “Uptown Groove.” Pal and tourmate Michael Bolton sang on 2012’s Pure, and this time Lington is joined by a soulful crooner Kenny Lattimore on “Gonna Love You Tonite” and lesser-known old-school soul man Ryan Shaw for “Leave Me You.” The saxophonist holds his own next to these dynamic guys and positively shines on the classic-sounding “Taking Off” and the bluesy “Manhattan Nights.” This is definitely one for sax maniacs who like their music smooth but not too smooth.

SONG
Soul Appeal
1
4:51
 
Taking Off
2
4:44
 
Uptown Groove
3
5:11
 
Gonna Love You Tonite (feat. Kenny Lattimore)
4
4:44
 
Manhattan Nights
5
4:38
 
In the Pocket
6
5:16
 
Leave Me You (feat. Ryan Shaw)
7
5:25
 
Going Home
8
5:27
 
Double Down
9
4:46
 
Memphis Soul Stew
10
5:41
 
Follow Your Heart
11
2:51