The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter III

The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter III

by Kirk WhalumKirk Whalum


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12 years after saxophonist and composer Kirk Whalum issued the first The Gospel According to Jazz recording comes its third chapter. Recorded live at Reid Temple in Glenn Dale, MD, the set contains a stellar backing band that includes Reginald Veal on upright bass, organist Jerry Peters, percussionist Lenny Castro, trumpeter Aaron Broadus, and additional horns, vocals, and backing vocals. As is customary for these recordings, there are also a number of special guests including George Duke, Lalah Hathaway, Doc Powell, John Stoddart, and a slew of family members including sons, uncles, cousins, and nephews. The double-disc soundtrack contains the entire concert. Disc one begins with Whalum playing solo on "Call to Worship," a Coltrane-esque recitation of hymns in modal fashion. Things get funkier on the New Orleans-inspired funky yet straight-ahead jazz in Whalum's original "Fit to Battle," before moving toward Latin-tinged jazz on "Ananias and Sapphira." Hathaway and Stoddart do a lovely job on the Nat Adderley-Luther Vandross tune "Make Me a Believer"; they are stellar on "He's Been Just That Good," and Stoddardt shines on his original "If You Ever Need Me," with inventive and elegant scat singing. Duke's piano is gorgeously lyrical on "Because You Loved Me." Disc two contains the funky soul-jazz of "Jesus Africa Jesus," with its faux reggae rhythm section underscoring Whalum's soprano before it becomes a rap tune. Hathaway makes a return appearance on his "It's What I Do," and on a very contemporary gospel reading of "The Thrill Is Gone" that keeps B.B. King's blues feel intact. One of the two bonus tracks features Bishop T.D. Jakes and his wife Serita on "You Are Everything," that echoes Barry White's amorous recitations -- only quite wholesomely -- to close it out. Ultimately, this is a set that appeals more to Whalum's gospel fans than to his jazz fans, but that has nothing whatsoever to do with the quality of what's here. All the musical performances are top-notch and walk his wonderful trademark line between straight-ahead and contemporary jazz, urban gospel and R&B. This the finest chapter in the series yet.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2010
Label: Rendezvous
UPC: 0881284514229
catalogNumber: 5142
Rank: 69981


Disc 1

  1. Call To Worship
  2. Fit To Battle
  3. Ananias & Sapphira
  4. Introduction To "Rev"
  5. "Rev"
  6. Because You Loved Me
  7. Make Me a Believer
  8. He's Been Just That Good
  9. If You Ever Need Me

Disc 2

  1. Africa Jesus Africa
  2. You Are Everything
  3. Smile Medley (Pt. 1): Smile
  4. Smile Medley (Pt. 2): God Has Smiled on Me
  5. It's What I Do
  6. Thrill Is Gone
  7. Running Away
  8. You Are Everything

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kirk Whalum   Primary Artist,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lalah Hathaway   Vocals
George Duke   Piano
Reginald Veal   Upright Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Doc Powell   Guitar
Jerry Peters   Organ
T.D. Jakes   Spoken Word
Kevin Whalum   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Stoddart   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Sean McCurley   Drums
Kyle Whalum   Electric Bass,Guest Appearance
Joint Heirs   Background Vocals
Aaron Broadus   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Paul McKinney   Trumpet,Horn
Hugh Peanuts Whalum   Piano,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Caleb tha Bridge   Rap,Guest Appearance
Kenneth Whalum   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Antonio Hudson   Trumpet,Horn
Mrs. Serita Jakes   Spoken Word
Kortland Whalum   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Luther Vandross   Composer
Frankie Beverly   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Cedric Caldwell   Vocal Arrangements
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Sharon Collins   Graphic Design
Ray Henderson   Composer
Jerry Peters   Composer,Producer
James Phillips   Composer
Hal Sacks   Producer,Engineer
Diane Warren   Composer
Kirk Whalum   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Nat Adderley   Composer
John Stoddart   Composer
Hal Fitzgerald   Engineer
Jonathan Jackson   Composer
Kyle Whalum   Composer
Jared Bryans   Engineer
Brandi Jackson   Composer
Earl Cole   Executive Producer
Linda Epstein   Composer
Isaiah Jones   Composer
Thomas Bell   Composer
Andrick Buggs   Composer
Jim Hanon   Imaging
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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