The Promise

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644521528
  • Catalog Number: 45215

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Recieve Your Love (6:07)
  2. 2 N.E. Wind (5:06)
  3. 3 The Promise (6:03)
  4. 4 Ma Foi (5:28)
  5. 5 L.C.'s Back (5:19)
  6. 6 Desparately (6:33)
  7. 7 Out-A-Hand (5:04)
  8. 8 Don't Even Look (5:09)
  9. 9 For All We Know (5:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kirk Whalum Primary Artist, 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 Jr. Guitar
Gary King Bass
Abraham Laboriel Sr. 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
Dr. George Butler Executive Producer
Joe Jorgensen Engineer, Contributor
Diane Louie Programming
Vladimir Meller Mastering
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Jerry Peters Programming, Producer
Max Risenhoover Programming
Hal Sacks Engineer
Joel Zimmerman Art Direction
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