Christmas Message

The Christmas Message

by Kirk Whalum
     
 

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For his first Christmas album, saxophonist Kirk Whalum's stated intent is an "unabashed celebration" of his Christian faith. "The Christmas message is for anyone and everyone," he writes. "Jew, gentile, man, woman, boy, girl. It is a message of hope." Framed by arrangements that bespeak Whalum's deep background in gospel, Stax-style soul, smooth jazz, and…  See more details below

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For his first Christmas album, saxophonist Kirk Whalum's stated intent is an "unabashed celebration" of his Christian faith. "The Christmas message is for anyone and everyone," he writes. "Jew, gentile, man, woman, boy, girl. It is a message of hope." Framed by arrangements that bespeak Whalum's deep background in gospel, Stax-style soul, smooth jazz, and contemporary pop (he's backed Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, George Benson, Babyface, and Take 6), the 43-year-old Memphis native preaches his message on 12 traditional Christmas hymns, a Swedish folk song, and an original by Whalum's partner, vocalist-keyboardist John Stoddart. On his previous release, Hymns in the Garden, Whalum, the son of a preacher, sang melodic praise solely through his horns; here the voices, sparely deployed -- brother Kevin Whalum lays down a Bobby McFerrin bass line on "The Little (Ghetto) Drummer Boy," and Cyndee Peters sings "Blott en Dag" with pure tone and unornamented simplicity -- complement his rich, rounded, luscious saxophone voice, which always seems to be holding something in reserve. Whalum is a virtuoso (hear him stretch out on tenor "Little Town of Bethlehem," while he evokes true soulfulness on "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," a soprano-piano duo) for whom communication is a prime imperative, and The Christmas Message is a consequential document.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678352027
catalogNumber:
48158
Rank:
14706

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Tracks

  1. The First Noel
  2. Do You Hear What I Hear?
  3. Love From a Star
  4. Cradle in Bethlehem
  5. O Holy Night
  6. The Little (Ghetto) Drummer Boy
  7. Rise up Shepherd and Follow
  8. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  9. Amazing Grace
  10. We Three Kings
  11. The Christmas Message
  12. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  13. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  14. Blott en Dag

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kirk Whalum   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Victor Caldwell   Engineer
John Newton   Composer
Kirk Whalum   Producer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Ed Simonton   Engineer
John Stoddart   Producer
Phillip Brooks   Composer
Noel Regney   Composer
William Sandys   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Henry Hopkins   Composer
Lewis Redner   Composer
Gloria Shayne Baker   Composer
Leon X A Schleinger   Composer

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