Into My Soul

Into My Soul

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by Kirk Whalum
     
 

On Into My Soul, serial Grammy nominee and Memphis native Kirk Whalum presents a creative tribute to Memphis soul and rhythm-and-blues, grounded in the notion of finding new melodies and colors by which to channel the spirit of the music that formed him. Joined by a crackerjack rhythm section propelled by ace drummer Blair Cunningham, Whalum plays magnificentlySee more details below

Overview

On Into My Soul, serial Grammy nominee and Memphis native Kirk Whalum presents a creative tribute to Memphis soul and rhythm-and-blues, grounded in the notion of finding new melodies and colors by which to channel the spirit of the music that formed him. Joined by a crackerjack rhythm section propelled by ace drummer Blair Cunningham, Whalum plays magnificently. Alternating on tenor and soprano saxophone, he invokes the spirits of Grover Washington and Memphis alto hero Hank Crawford by uncorking magisterial lines filled with melody, blues intonation, and soulful heft. Veteran producer David Porter of Stax/Volt fame tends to the idiomatic details, sustaining a tone parallel to Memphis. Highlights include “I Loved You in Memphis," which hometown hero Isaac Hayes and Wendy Moten turn into a yearning meditation on the spiritual and erotic qualities of youthful love and the enduring pain of loss; “You Had Me at Hello,” climaxed by sanctified Maurice White moans; a reharmonized romp through the Sam & Dave classic “Hold On, I’m Comin’,” written by Porter and Hayes; a pull-out-the-stops, tongue-speaking shuffle on “That’s All Right” by Whalum’s brother Kevin; and the final bonus track, “Postlude,” on which Whalum and his son, bassist Kyle, display consequential hard-core jazz chops on a 7/4 bossa based on the chords of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.”

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Featuring an organic mix of straightforward R&B, Into My Soul finds alto saxophonist Kirk Whalum on what is ostensibly his Memphis album. Whalum -- a Memphis native -- does evince a Stax-style soulfulness, but he keeps the arrangements and his own playing mild and light despite the album's more natural acoustic production style. The title track, a funky midtempo ballad that recalls the simple elegance of Grover Washington, Jr., is a standout. Similarly, the funky "Hoddamile (Hot or Mild)" gets by nicely with a catchy melody and guest spots by trumpeter Rick Braun and guitarist Norman Brown. And the raw and soulful "That's All Right" -- featuring vocals by Kevin Whalum -- turns the Arthur Crudup-penned Elvis classic into a raw Tony! Toni! Toné!-meets-Sam Cooke rave-up. The rest of Into My Soul is pleasant, but falls short of a Whalum smooth jazz masterpiece.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0093624844624
catalogNumber:
48446
Rank:
55677

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kirk Whalum   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Narrator
Maurice White   Vocals
Phil Perry   Vocals
Tyrone Dickerson   Organ,Soloist
Rod McGaha   Trumpet
Alex Al   Bass
Luis Conte   Percussion
Blair Cunningham   Drums
Greg Curtis   Vocals
Isaac Hayes   Vocals
Greg Moore   Guitar
Wendy Moten   Vocals
Floyd Newman   Baritone Saxophone
Lester Snell   Organ,Keyboards
J. Blackfoot   Vocals
Kevin Whalum   Vocals
John Stoddart   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Soloist
Michael Ripoll   Guitar
Kyle Whalum   Bass
Candace Miller   Background Vocals
Marcus Finney   Drums
Stephen Maples   Background Vocals
Steve Potts   Drums

Technical Credits

Norman Brown   Contributor
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Steve Hall   Mastering
Matt Pierson   Executive Producer
David Porter   Composer,Producer
Hal Sacks   Engineer
Kirk Whalum   Composer,Programming,Producer
Mark Larson   Art Direction
John Stoddart   Composer
Garry Goin   Composer
Lorita Shields   Fashion Stylist
Benita Hill   Composer

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