The Best of Kirk Whalum

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Best of Kirk Whalum collects a bevy of tracks off smooth jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum's five Columbia albums. Despite the fact that it was these albums that made Whalum a star, they were inconsistent, and it is nice to have his most potent material organized onto one disc. Included are songs from the concert staple "Kyle's Smile" and the soulful "Glow" to mid-'90s material like "X-Factor" and "Peaceful Hideaway." Since most of Whalum's fans probably already have the albums these tracks are culled from, it seems a bit lacking that no previously unreleased material was included. Nonetheless, this is an essential compilation for any ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Best of Kirk Whalum collects a bevy of tracks off smooth jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum's five Columbia albums. Despite the fact that it was these albums that made Whalum a star, they were inconsistent, and it is nice to have his most potent material organized onto one disc. Included are songs from the concert staple "Kyle's Smile" and the soulful "Glow" to mid-'90s material like "X-Factor" and "Peaceful Hideaway." Since most of Whalum's fans probably already have the albums these tracks are culled from, it seems a bit lacking that no previously unreleased material was included. Nonetheless, this is an essential compilation for any smooth jazz fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974894322
  • Catalog Number: 748943
  • Sales rank: 12,376

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Desperately (6:33)
  2. 2 Glow (6:11)
  3. 3 Rodeo (6:01)
  4. 4 The Promise (6:03)
  5. 5 Afterthought (4:22)
  6. 6 I Receive Your Love (6:06)
  7. 7 The Wave (5:26)
  8. 8 Kyle's Smiles (5:11)
  9. 9 Peaceful Hideaway (4:33)
  10. 10 Through the Fire (6:01)
  11. 11 Where I Come From (4:53)
  12. 12 Love Is a Losing Game (4:28)
  13. 13 X-Factor (6:57)
  14. 14 Over the Rainbow (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kirk Whalum Primary Artist, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Syreeta Vocals
Larry Carlton Guitar
Michael Davis Trombone
Bob James Keyboards
Steve Khan Guitar
Dwight Sills Guitar
Nile Rodgers Rhythm Guitar
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Jevetta Steele Vocals, Background Vocals
Yolanda Adams Vocals, Soloist
Kenneth Williams Vocals, Soloist
Jearlyn Steele Battle Background Vocals
Poogie Bell Drums
Errol Crusher Bennett Percussion
Dean Brown Guitar
Robbie Buchanan Keyboards
Schuyler Deale Bass
Larry Fast Synthesizer
Leonard "Doc" Gibbs Percussion
Doc Powell Guitar
Yogi Horton Drums
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Brian Kilgore Percussion
Gary King Bass
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Ricky Lawson Drums
Herman Matthews Drums
V. Michael McKay Vocals
Marcus Miller Bass Guitar
Jerry Peters Keyboards
Darryl Phinnessee Vocals
Roger Rosenberg Baritone Saxophone
Philippe Saisse Keyboards
Kent Smith Trumpet
Andy Snitzer Alto Saxophone
Steve Summer Drums
Lori-Ann Velez Background Vocals
Buddy Williams Drums
Cedric Lee Bass
Tod Vullo Guitar
Rick Jackson Piano, Keyboards
Dorian Holly Vocals
Alvin King Organ
Don Patterson Bass
James Williams Background Vocals
David Brown Guitar
Technical Credits
Bob James Producer
Tom Keene Composer
Robbie Buchanan Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Steve Buckingham Producer
Jay Landers Producer
V. Michael McKay Choir Arrangement
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Jerry Peters Programming, Producer
Philippe Saisse Arranger, Programming, Producer, Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Christian "Wicked" Wicht Programming
Ria Shibayama Art Direction
Fong Y. Lee Packaging Manager
Kristopher Spencer Liner Notes
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