Romance Language

Romance Language

by Kirk Whalum
     
 

The 1963 Impulse! Records LP John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman helped to redefine the renowned jazz saxophonist by pairing him with a singer on a collection of standards, showing that Coltrane wasn't (or wasn't only) an avant-gardist bent on playing free jazz. Nearly 50 years later, KirkSee more details below

Overview

The 1963 Impulse! Records LP John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman helped to redefine the renowned jazz saxophonist by pairing him with a singer on a collection of standards, showing that Coltrane wasn't (or wasn't only) an avant-gardist bent on playing free jazz. Nearly 50 years later, Kirk Whalum's Romance Language isn't going to have the same impact on his career, even though he has recorded the same half-dozen tunes with his brother Kevin Whalum taking the vocals. Kirk doesn't have Coltrane's reputation for one thing, and for another, he and Kevin are not trying to re-create the Coltrane/Hartman sound on Romance Language; they just happen to be performing the same songs. In their readings, evergreens like Irving Berlin's "They Say It's Wonderful," Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life," and Rodgers & Hart's "You Are Too Beautiful" are given smooth jazz arrangements typical of Kirk's other albums. Fellow musicians such as John Stoddart (prominently featured on electric piano on "Lush Life"), Kevin Turner (who solos on electric guitar on the long coda to "You Are Too Beautiful"), and Michael "Nomad" Ripoll (who launches "Autumn Serenade" with some flamenco-style acoustic guitar) join in to produce instrumental beds for Kirk to solo over in a warm, unhurried manner. And Kevin has a burnished croon more reminiscent of Nat King Cole than Hartman (who was in the Billy Eckstine school of singers). To fill out the disc to CD-worthy length, Kirk performs instrumentals of more contemporary material by the likes of Eric Benet and Terry Lewis & Jimmy Jam Harris. And the brothers' 83-year-old uncle, Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum, comes on to sing "Almost Doesn't Count" and shows them how it should be done. He is closer in sound and spirit to the album being paid tribute here, and his sole contribution whets the appetite for more.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2012
Label:
Rendezvous
UPC:
0881284514823
catalogNumber:
5148
Rank:
4041

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kirk Whalum   Primary Artist,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Javier Solís   Percussion
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Ralph Lofton   Organ
George Tidwell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kevin Turner   Electric Guitar
Kevin Whalum   Vocals
John Stoddart   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Michael Ripoll   Acoustic Guitar
Marcus Finnie   Drums
Hugh Peanuts Whalum   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Braylon Lacy   Bass
Barylon Lacy   Bass

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
George Nash   Composer
Shelly Peiken   Composer
Guy Roche   Composer
Jolyon Skinner   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Kirk Whalum   Arranger,Producer
Hy Zaret   Composer
James Harris   Composer
Eric Benét   Composer
Maria Ehrenreich   Creative Producer
John Stoddart   Arranger,Producer
Denny Stilwell   Executive Producer
Michele Williams   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Demonté Posey   Composer
Mark Ruffin   Liner Notes
Raj Naik   Art Direction
Joe Thomas   Composer
Colin Heldt   Engineer
Earl Cole   Executive Producer
John Peace   Photo Assistance
James Quenton Wright   Composer
Terry Lewis   Composer
Gretchen Valade   Executive Producer
Robert Mellen   Composer
Evan Whalum   Band Photo

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