Picks and Pans Review: Send Me Your Love
Kashif has long since established himself as a songwriter-producer, working with Evelyn King, Stephanie Mills and George Benson, among others. His debut album, Kashif, garnered him enough critical and popular attention last year to win funk-pop Rookie of the Year honors. In this follow-up Kashif, 26, has packaged a remarkably consistent collection of smooth, soulful songs, impeccably arranged. Kashif owes almost all of it to himself. In addition to writing nearly all the material and producing the record, he plays bass, drums and other instruments. On Baby Don't Break Your Baby's Heart, a cinch R&B smash, and the down-and-dirty Ooh Love, Kashif proves he can sing with the best of them. That's exactly what he does on Edgartown Groove, mixing his own vocals with some scintillating scat singing by Al Jarreau. The instrumental track, Call Me Tonight, is another highlight; it's bright, vigorous and otherwise typical of this first-class LP. (Arista)
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