Promise

The Promise

by Kirk Whalum
     
 
Bob James gets the credit for discovering the passionate, soulful sax of Whalum in 1984. But you just know that a talent this size would have emerged on its own sooner or later. Between then and this release at the end of the decade, Whalum established himself as a major force on the contemporary scene, playing alongside the likes of James,

Overview

Bob James gets the credit for discovering the passionate, soulful sax of Whalum in 1984. But you just know that a talent this size would have emerged on its own sooner or later. Between then and this release at the end of the decade, Whalum established himself as a major force on the contemporary scene, playing alongside the likes of James, Luther Vandross, Al Jarreau, and Larry Carlton, and releasing two powerful solo discs, 1985's Floppy Disk and 1988's And You Know That. But this third effort was his strongest outing to date, displaying a versatility which ranges from spiritual ("The Promise") to Brazilian (the tropical flavored "Desperately") to straight ahead rock & roll (the Larry Carlton tribute "LC's Back," which features the fancy licks of the guitarist himself). As producer, James gives his protégé's horn some fanciful grooves to work in and out of, most notably on the catchy, pop-like "Out a Hand." James also has a good time soloing on "Desperately" and the bass oriented "Don't Even Look." There are a lot of possible favorites in this collection, but the Carlton tribute is the one that hooks you from the very beginning. With this album, Whalum delivered in spades upon his early promise.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644521528
catalogNumber:
45215

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kirk Whalum   Primary Artist,Saxophone
Syreeta   Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Ron Carter   Bass
Bob James   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Steve Khan   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dean Brown   Guitar
Schuyler Deale   Bass
Leonard "Doc" Gibbs   Percussion
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Gary King   Bass
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Diane Louie   Synthesizer
Herman Matthews   Drums
Jerry Peters   Keyboards
Darryl Phinnessee   Vocals
Max Risenhoover   Synthesizer
Dorian Holly   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob James   Programming,Producer
George Butler   Executive Producer
Joe Jorgensen   Engineer,Contributor
Diane Louie   Programming
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Jerry Peters   Programming,Producer
Max Risenhoover   Programming
Hal Sacks   Engineer
Joel Zimmerman   Art Direction

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