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Kirk Whalum: Humanité

Read "Humanité" reviewed by Chris Mosey

The saxophone solo on Whitney Houston's “I Will Always Love You" was the work of Kirk Whalum. He played too at the memorial concert for African American astronaut Ronald McNair, killed when the space shuttle Challenger blew up during take-off in January 1986. He's no great shakes as a vocalist but Humanité features guest appearances in this department by the likes of Brendan Reilly, Robyn Troop, Mi Casa, Afgan, Liane Carroll, Andrea Lisa, Zahara and Keiko Matsui. ...

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Christmas with Kirk Whalum and Friends at the Halton Theater

Read "Christmas with Kirk Whalum and Friends at the Halton Theater" reviewed by K. Shackelford

Kirk Whalum's Sixth Annual A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas Tour Halton Theater Charlotte, NC December 15, 2017 It is a special experience to watch musicians who have a deep musical and personal relationship perform together. These relationships arouse a performance synergy that produce musical conversations with depth. Attendees of Grammy Award winner Kirk Whalum's Sixth Annual “A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas" tour, were able to witness such an experience at ...

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Kirk Whalum: Romance Language

Read "Romance Language" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Romance Language is very appropriate for Valentine's Day--the perfect background for a romantic evening. Tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum has teamed up with his brother, vocalist Kevin Whalum, on this recreation of the classic John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (Impulse!, 1963).Moreover, throughout this daunting task, the brothers succeed in brushing a smooth jazz veneer on the great ballads celebrated in the historic original release. The Whalums' effort follows vocalist Kurt Elling's tribute album, Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Kirk Whalum: The Gospel According to Jazz

Read "The Gospel According to Jazz" reviewed by T. S. Varlack

True crossover artists have the uncanny ability to bring together the audiences of often very different musical tastes and backgrounds together to learn, appreciate and relish in themselves, each other and the experience itself. Whalum's The Gospel According to Jazz is one such experience. The superb sax man combines with an all star cast to take Jazz back home to church. The ultra versatile Whalum excels yet again combining the best of two worlds as he and friends skillfully work ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Kirk Whalum: The Gospel According to Jazz

Read "The Gospel According to Jazz" reviewed by T. S. Varlack

True crossover artists have the uncanny ability to bring together the audiences of often very different musical tastes and backgrounds together to learn, appreciate and relish in themselves, each other and the experience itself. Whalum's The Gospel According to Jazz is one such experience. The superb sax man combines with an all star cast to take Jazz back home to church. The ultra versatile Whalum excels yet again combining the best of two worlds as he and friends skillfully work ...


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