The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter III

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
12 years after saxophonist and composer Kirk Whalum issued the first The Gospel According to Jazz recording comes its third chapter. Recorded live at Reid Temple in Glenn Dale, MD, the set contains a stellar backing band that includes Reginald Veal on upright bass, organist Jerry Peters, percussionist Lenny Castro, trumpeter Aaron Broadus, and additional horns, vocals, and backing vocals. As is customary for these recordings, there are also a number of special guests including George Duke, Lalah Hathaway, Doc Powell, John Stoddart, and a slew of family members including sons, uncles, cousins, and nephews. The double-disc soundtrack contains the entire concert. Disc one ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
12 years after saxophonist and composer Kirk Whalum issued the first The Gospel According to Jazz recording comes its third chapter. Recorded live at Reid Temple in Glenn Dale, MD, the set contains a stellar backing band that includes Reginald Veal on upright bass, organist Jerry Peters, percussionist Lenny Castro, trumpeter Aaron Broadus, and additional horns, vocals, and backing vocals. As is customary for these recordings, there are also a number of special guests including George Duke, Lalah Hathaway, Doc Powell, John Stoddart, and a slew of family members including sons, uncles, cousins, and nephews. The double-disc soundtrack contains the entire concert. Disc one begins with Whalum playing solo on "Call to Worship," a Coltrane-esque recitation of hymns in modal fashion. Things get funkier on the New Orleans-inspired funky yet straight-ahead jazz in Whalum's original "Fit to Battle," before moving toward Latin-tinged jazz on "Ananias and Sapphira." Hathaway and Stoddart do a lovely job on the Nat Adderley-Luther Vandross tune "Make Me a Believer"; they are stellar on "He's Been Just That Good," and Stoddardt shines on his original "If You Ever Need Me," with inventive and elegant scat singing. Duke's piano is gorgeously lyrical on "Because You Loved Me." Disc two contains the funky soul-jazz of "Jesus Africa Jesus," with its faux reggae rhythm section underscoring Whalum's soprano before it becomes a rap tune. Hathaway makes a return appearance on his "It's What I Do," and on a very contemporary gospel reading of "The Thrill Is Gone" that keeps B.B. King's blues feel intact. One of the two bonus tracks features Bishop T.D. Jakes and his wife Serita on "You Are Everything," that echoes Barry White's amorous recitations -- only quite wholesomely -- to close it out. Ultimately, this is a set that appeals more to Whalum's gospel fans than to his jazz fans, but that has nothing whatsoever to do with the quality of what's here. All the musical performances are top-notch and walk his wonderful trademark line between straight-ahead and contemporary jazz, urban gospel and R&B. This the finest chapter in the series yet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2010
  • Label: Rendezvous
  • UPC: 881284514229
  • Catalog Number: 5142
  • Sales rank: 32,928

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kirk Whalum Primary Artist, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lalah Hathaway Vocals
George Duke Piano
Reginald Veal Upright Bass
Lenny Castro Percussion
Doc Powell Guitar
Jerry Peters Organ
T.D. Jakes Spoken Word
Kevin Whalum Vocals, Background Vocals
John Stoddart Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Sean McCurley Drums
Kyle Whalum Electric Bass, Guest Appearance
Joint Heirs Background Vocals
Aaron Broadus Trumpet, Background Vocals
Paul McKinney Trumpet, Horn
Hugh Peanuts Whalum Piano, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Caleb tha Bridge Rap, Guest Appearance
Kenneth Whalum III Tenor Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Antonio Hudson Trumpet, Horn
Mrs. Serita Jakes Spoken Word
Kortland Whalum Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Luther Vandross Composer
Frankie Beverly Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Cedric Caldwell Vocal Arrangements
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Sharon Collins Graphic Design
Steve Hall Mastering
Ray Henderson Composer
Jerry Peters Composer, Producer
James Phillips Composer
Hal Sacks Producer, Engineer
Diane Warren Composer
Kirk Whalum Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Geoff Parsons Composer
Nat Adderley Jr. Composer
John Stoddart Composer
Hal Fitzgerald Engineer
Jonathan Jackson Composer
Kyle Whalum Composer
Jared Bryans Engineer
Brandi Jackson Composer
Earl Cole Executive Producer
Linda Epstein Composer
Isaiah Jones Jr. Composer
Thomas Bell Composer
Andrick Buggs Composer
Jim Hanon Imaging
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