The Streetwize series includes Streetwize (2002), Streetwize II (2003), Streetwize/Slowjamz (2004), Streetwize Does Dre (2005), Streetwize Sexy Love (2007), Streetwize Does Mary J. Blige (2008), Streetwize - Put U To Bed (2009), Streetwize - Feelin' Sexy(2012), and Streetwize - Body Party (2013). Streetwize - Does The Divas! is the continuation in 2015.

Saxophonist Kim Waters supported by the Streetwize all-stars are the performers on this album, a tribute on famous R&B divas. American recording artist Beyoncé wrote and performed Blow for her fifth studio album Beyoncé. Waters transforms the song in the known fashion with the sax in the lead. Stay is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic (2012) featuring guest vocals by Mikky Ekko. Waters manages to capture the emotional mood of the song with his saxophone.

With Dream Lover from Maria Carey (1993) he has chosen an older song that still showed this singer in fresh youth. Also on this song the soprano is his first choice. I Blame You is Ledisi's joyful reflection on that new-found love, the first track of her album The Truth (2014). Dana Pope, Kim’s wife, muse and significant soul mate carries with her voice in a large part to the vocal identity of the songs.

Denise Nicole White, professionally known as Avery Sunshine, had in 2014 the hit Call My Name, taken from her album The SunRoom. Differences to the original are on Waters interpretation only marginal.  American R&B singer-songwriter Kelly Price released in 2014 the album Sing, Pray, Love, Vol. 1: Sing with the lead single It's My Time. Dana makes a perfect mimicry.

A song by Mary Blige can not be missed. Her ballad Whole Damn Year is considered as the strongest on her album The London Sessions, 2014. Also with this cover, the couple Waters offers an unbeatable team. Price Tag is a song by British singer-songwriter Jessie J, featuring American rapper B.o.B. It was the second single from Jessie J's debut studio album, Who You Are and became #1 in the British charts. Waters takes over the joyful mood of the original.

The Worst was written and recorded by American recording artist Jhene Aiko, taken from her debut Sail Out (2013). The rendition places the emphasis on the instrumental in this case. Bang Bang is a very popular song by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj. The video for this song is exceptionally spectacular. The instrumental implementation is among the best on this album.

Streetwize - Does The Divas! operates the field of listeners who love it trendy, decorative and colourful.







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Album Information

Title: Does The Divas
Artist: Streetwize
Year: 2015
Genre: Smooth Jazz

Length: 0

Label: Shanachie Entertainment


01. Blow
02. Stay
03. Dream Lover
04. I Blame You
05. Call My Name
06. It's My Time
07. Whole Damn Year
08. Price Tag
09. The Worst
10. Bang Bang

Other reviews:

Streetwize - Feelin' Sexy

Streetwize - Body Party