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Mar242008

Kirk Whalum


For a young boy growing up in Memphis,Tennessee, exposure to Gospel, soul, jazz, and R&B music was inevitable. The difference for Kirk Whalum was that his baptismal into this music happened at the church where his father pastored. Surrounded by a family that was comprised of several professional musicians, Kirk didn’t have to find music…music found him. But, it was the sparkle and shine that first attracted him to his first saxophone. It was jazz great Bob James that first discovered Kirk playing at a gig in Houston, Texas where shortly thereafter, hired him to play one of his solo albums entitled ‘12.’ Today, Whalum humbly tells how divine intervention had a definite hand in his past success and stands on a faith that is clearly contageous. He celebrated his 25 years in the business with the release of his 2007 album ‘Roundtrip’, and engaged producer Phillippe Saisse, who worked on his first solo album, along with an amazingly great lineup of musicians that included Earl Klugh and many guest musicians who are….ready for this? Family members! Inside MusiCast is happy to welcome a sax virtuoso, Kirk Whalum.

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Great to learn more about this wonderful sax player. His work on the Larry Carlton albums is especially good.
April 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Hassan
Kirk is definitly one of the best Saxophone players out there.He is a great inspiration for me and my Sax playing,may the lord bless him and his family today and always.
April 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNelson Garcia
Kirk is the best smooth jazz sax players in the music industry. He can also play some straight ahead jazz as well. The high light of my life was about five years ago when he invited me over to his house in the Nashville area. Listening to him play makes you want to practice harder. Being a tenor sax player myself, I appreciate his smooth sax sound. Kirk is such an inspiration to me because of his witness for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To your good friend and brother in Christ, Harold.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHarold Simmons
The very 1st time I heard Kirk was at a graduation (Melrose High) for my sister, Sylvia Moore - class of 73'. He played "For the Love of You" by the Isley Bros. I have been in love with his playing ever since. Kirk's music is such a blessing!
I think it is important to spend the rest of life listening to this talented sax player. He is ever excellent in his play. God bless you Kirk and your family, I believe in your music.
June 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRock Zuma
Ha,Kirk we have touched bases in the past,You said when ever you return to Chicago you were going to look me up,and we may even play a tone togeather.Iam in the studio working on my new CD,and doing gospel at my Church-Hermon B. Church.Now iam on sax,i don't think i will return back to the drums.Keep in touch kirk,my friend nick Colionne we have played in Chicago for 20 yrs before he became popular.
June 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBobby Freeman
Thank God 4 kirk´s guifted life. I think what u have comes from the unique and real God we serve. He blessed u with that talent many of long to have
The album titled 'The Wave' still holds ,especially the title track.Kirk Whalum has to be congratulated on his Gospel According to Jazz album Volume 1,featuring the song,'I'll go with Him',quite remarkable indeed.Thanks be unto 'The Lord' above for such talent.Another remarkable South African,he remids me is 'Jonathan Butler' world acclaimed guitarist,played with 'Dave Koz'...Mbu.
September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMbu Mvusi
The album titled 'The Wave' still holds ,especially the title track.Kirk Whalum has to be congratulated on his Gospel According to Jazz album Volume 1,featuring the song,'I'll go with Him',quite remarkable indeed.Thanks be unto 'The Lord' above for such talent.Another remarkable South African,he remids me is 'Jonathan Butler' world acclaimed guitarist,played with 'Dave Koz'...Mbu.
September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMbu Mvusi
The album titled 'The Wave' still holds ,especially the title track.Kirk Whalum has to be congratulated on his Gospel According to Jazz album Volume 1,featuring the song,'I'll go with Him',quite remarkable indeed.Thanks be unto 'The Lord' above for such talent.Another remarkable South African,he remids me is 'Jonathan Butler' world acclaimed guitarist,played with 'Dave Koz'...Mbu.
September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMbu Mvusi
Kirk Whalum's music flows like 'The Wave'.
September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMbu Mvusi
Such immense talent he has reminds me of Dave Cruisin, David Benoit,Russ Freeman, Bob James,Fourplay,Najee,and the ladies,'Joyce Cooling',and 'Keiko Matsui',not forgetting,Jimmy Dludlu,amongst our very own guitarists in South Africa,just as was 'the late' Sipho Gumede in South Africa,bass guitarist.
September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMbu Mvusi
Mbu

Thanks for your comments. You are right...Kirk is one of the best there is and has played with some of the most accomplished musicians in the world...as you mention!

Thanks for stopping by.

More to come.

Eddy/ InsideMusiCast
September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEddy
The whimsical flair,energy and vibe that goes with every note that "Kirk" renders ,reminds me of 'Quincy Jones'/'Uncle Q' a composer,and arranger who has raised so many artists. To 'Kirk' and 'Uncle Q' you were pre-destined to be a blessing to so many souls as of "TheLord",and this radiates outwardly so much.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMbu Mvusi

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