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In This Life
Kirk Whalum
In This Life
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
 
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Tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum really isn't a jazz musician. He's a pop instrumentalist and a good one, much in the style of David Sanborn. Whether leading his own instrumental sessions or playing behind such singers as Whi...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Kirk Whalum
Title: In This Life
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 5/30/1995
Release Date: 5/30/1995
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
Styles: Smooth Jazz, Soul, Quiet Storm
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074646436424, 074646436448, 074646436486

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Tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum really isn't a jazz musician. He's a pop instrumentalist and a good one, much in the style of David Sanborn. Whether leading his own instrumental sessions or playing behind such singers as Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, and Barbra Streisand, Whalum has a sure instinct for melody and a sense of dramatic restraint unknown to a sentimentalist such as Kenny G. On "In This Life," Whalum allows vocals to dominate (eight of 12 tracks) as he pays tribute to his native state of Tennessee and its special blend of Memphis soul and Nashville country. The result is an excellent justification for the much maligned genres of "quiet storm" and "adult contemporary" music. --Geoffrey Himes

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CD Reviews

From the soul
M. McGhee | Atlanta GA | 07/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Of all of Kirk's CDs this is my favorite from beginning to end. This CD is the essence of soul-filled contemporary/popular jazz music without being overproduced or busy. The production values are supurb! Both the music and the lyrics speak to the essence of life in a way that truly give honor to life. The breadth of Kirk's sax is wonderfully matched with Mike Reid's vocals and Matt Rollings piano. The respective "duos" with Larrry Carlton and Dwight Sills could not have been played any better. A pristine collection of songs!"
One of my favorites
M. McGhee | 09/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is probably Kirk's best. This is more adult contemporary jazz than traditional with just a hint of Tennessee thrown in. The big clincher for "In This Life" is the performance of Mike Reid. Mike doesn't have the best or most pure voice in the world, but is a great SINGER and a talented songwriter. Reid really does grown on you as you listen to the CD more and more. "I Turn To You" is a standout, you can tell this man has hurt before. The instrumental cuts on this album are also exceptional, particularly "Peaceful Hideaway". Turn the lights down and put this album on."
TEN STARS
E. Miles | VA | 12/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"TEN STARS.
I believe this is my favorite jazz cd of all time. It's got jazz. It's got vocals. It's got great songs and it's got sex appeal. I love Kirk Whalum -- a lot! I've bought this cd three or four times; it's so good to have and to give."