by Kirk Whalum


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Kirk Whalum is a musician's musician. The Memphis-born tenor player is possessed of a velvety, powerfully affecting saxophone voice - pop-music fans may know him best for the lyrical solo he played on Whitney Houston's smash "I Will Always Love You." Although his roots lie in jazz and gospel -- his masterful blending of both genres can be heard on his superb live album, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAZZ -- Whalum is equally adept at R&B-flavored pop-jazz. He teams up with singer Brenda Russell for a haunting rendition of Sting's tune, "Fragile," gets funky on the high-spirited title track, and soars effortlessly on his gospel-flavored reading of Everything but the Girl's "The Language of Life." A glorious version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," a duet with pianist Rick Jackson, clearly demonstrates Whalum's gift for making his saxophone sing with unequaled eloquence.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/16/1993
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644693126
catalogNumber: 46931

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kirk Whalum   Primary Artist,Reeds,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Mouthpiece
Angela Bofill   Vocals
Brenda Russell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gerald Albright   Alto Saxophone
Michael Davis   Trombone
Bob James   Piano
Rob Mullins   Keyboards
James Williams   Background Vocals
Chris Walker   Bass
Nile Rodgers   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Amy Keyes   Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Jevetta Steele   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jearlyn Steele Battle   Background Vocals
Poogie Bell   Drums
Gary Bias   Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown   Trumpet
Dean Brown   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Carl Burnette   Guitar
Bill Cantos   Piano,Keyboards
Charles Veal   Strings
Brad Cole   Keyboards
James "D-Train" Williams   Background Vocals
Julie Delgado   Background Vocals
Wilton Felder   Bass
Lynn Fiddmont   Background Vocals
Ernie Fields   Baritone Saxophone
Ray Fuller   Guitar
Preston Glass   Percussion,Keyboards
Kevin Guillaume   Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Natalie Jackson   Background Vocals
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Ricky Lawson   Synthesizer,Drums,Synthesizer Bass
Kenny MacDougald   Drums
Olivia McClurkin   Background Vocals
Marcus Miller   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jerry Peters   Organ,Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,Keyboards
Darryl Richards   Tenor Saxophone
Carlos Rios   Guitar
Roger Rosenberg   Baritone Saxophone
Philippe Saisse   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Akohie Silas   Background Vocals
Alfie Silas   Background Vocals
Kent Smith   Trumpet
Andy Snitzer   Alto Saxophone
Maurice Spears   Bass Trombone
Rose Stone   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lori-Ann Velez   Background Vocals
Fred Washington   Bass
Joe Wolfe   Synthesizer
Rick Jackson   Piano
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Bass
Kevin Whalum   Background Vocals
Carl Burnett   Guitar
Reggie C. Young   Trombone
Olivia McClurken   Background Vocals
Fred White   Percussion,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gerald Albright   Contributor
Steven Birch   Programming
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Bill Cantos   Programming
Brad Cole   Arranger,Programming
André Fischer   Arranger,Producer
Preston Glass   Arranger,Producer
Tyrone Griffen   Programming
Jay Landers   Engineer
Ricky Lawson   Programming,Producer,drum programming
Brett Perry   Engineer
Jerry Peters   Producer,String Arrangements
Malcolm Pollack   Remixing
Hal Sacks   Producer,Engineer
Philippe Saisse   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Jeremy Smith   Engineer
Don Tittle   Engineer
Kirk Whalum   Programming,Producer,Contributor
Dave Willis   Programming
David Wills   Programming
Joe Wolfe   Programming
Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff   Engineer
Eric Calvi   Engineer
Joel Zimmerman   Art Direction
Kevin Whalum   Producer
Vittorio Zammarano   Engineer
Christian "Wicked" Wicht   Programming

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