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Romance Language

Kirk WhalumAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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listen  1. They Say It's Wonderful 5:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dedicated To You 5:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. My One And Only Love 5:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lush Life 6:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. I Wish I Wasn't 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Spend My Life With You 4:46$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Kirk Whalum is in love. He’s in love with music. He’s in love with God. He’s in love with passing on his knowledge by educating and training our youth. He’s in love with languages. And he’s in love with his wife of over 30 years.

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  • Audio CD (February 14, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rendezvous
  • ASIN: B006OG1G7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This Valentine s Day will be just a little more special and romantic as The Whalum brothers set out to give us a new reason to love love. Sax giant Kirk Whalum, in the role of the great John Coltrane, brings in a trusted ally brother/vocalist Kevin who assumes the role of Johnny Hartman in a recreation of the memorable 1963 duet recording.

The CD opens much like the 1963 original with a spine chilling rendition of the timeless They Say its Wonderful It provides the brothers with an early opportunity to declare their mellow intent and they stay in deliciously turned down mode throughout.

That Coltrane influence is evident when you hear the project, Kirk s horn playing and Kevin s moving vocals brought out the essence of the language of romance. The album also evokes visions and mood of that Coltrane time period, so much so that it moved me to tears

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The scenario: A titan tenor saxophone stylist set apart, amongst other things, by his very personal sound decides to go into the studio with a singer he admires and feels is vastly underrated. There are many objectives for the session, top among them being to record an album of ballads and to garner wider recognition for the singer through the fans of the sax player and the vocalist s sheer talent.

John Coltrane teaming up with Johnny Hartman in 1963...and Kirk Whalum s latest project featuring his brother Kevin entitled Romance Language (in spite of the many years that separate these recordings) bear many more similarities than differences. In fact the end result is exactly the same; romance at a level so intense that verbal language alone is inadequate to portray. Here s an attempt: easily two of the most romantic jazz albums of their respective eras.

While the Whalums are hardly the first modern duo to re-imagine the six songs that make up the eponymous classic from Coltrane and Hartman, they are among the first with the same surname and among the first to trust the (expertly executed) warmth and soul of electric accompaniment. With sax player as leader, the same inspiration and objective of the original duo recording applies here. Coltrane is quoted as saying he chose the voice that stuck in my mind somewhere. Kevin s voice is indeed stuck to Kirk s very being.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An aural Valentine February 26, 2012
Format:Audio CD
It takes a load of talent to dare to make an iconic album and it takes a lot of confidence to dare to remake a masterpiece by the acknowledged master of your instrument. Kirk Whalum has that talent. And, apparently he backed it up since Romance Language went to number one on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts shortly after it's release, naturally, on Valentines Day.

It's also sadly appropriate that the man who toured for years as the warm up for Whitney Houston would release this album now.

Whalum is often labeled `smooth jazz' but he has garnered 12 Grammy Nominations in just about every musical genre except Death Metal; with music ranging from pop to R&B to jazz, he finally won Best Gospel Song ("It's What I Do"-featuring Lalah Hathaway) .

The Coltrane/Hartman classic was made in 1963. Though Coltrane and Hartman had known each other since their days playing with Dizzy Gillespie's band in the late 1940s Hartman is the only vocalist with whom the saxophonist would record as a leader. Initially when producer Bob Thiele approached Hartman with Coltrane's request that the two record together Hartman was hesitant as he did not consider himself a jazz singer and did not think he and Coltrane would complement one another musically. However, Thiele encouraged Hartman to go see Coltrane perform at Birdland in New York to see if something could be worked out. Hartman did so, and after the club closed he, Coltrane, and Coltrane's pianist McCoy Tyner, went over some songs together. On March 7, 1963 Coltrane and Hartman had decided on 10 songs for the record album, but en route to the studio they heard Nat King Cole on the radio performing "Lush Life", and Hartman immediately decided that song had to be included in their album.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars predictably smooth, and it works... February 14, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
opportunistically published on valentine's day, this collection is well put together.

i don't say that lightly: the coltrane-hartman album that several of these songs have a memorable origin in is the proverbial one-record-i'd-take-to-a-lonely-island, and remaking them was risky... yet it is done with excellent taste and the skill one expects from kirk whalum and his band.

about the latter... shame one can't get information about contributors when buying the MP3 album in this case. it should be mandatory, really. at least the record company ought to provide a place to download the cover PDF for people that bought the album. i miss reading album notes as a ritual for *every* album i buy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS IT GETS February 29, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is seasoned and anointed.., and it just doesn't get any better. Kevin Whalum's vocal interpretations of these classics are spot on and he's perfectly complimented by his brother Kirk's stylist arrangements and impeccable saxophone phrasing. This is a must have in any serious collector catalogue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Divine Purpose!!! July 7, 2012
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If you listen to this well you should hear the essence of purpose. What purpose? Kirk's purpose for living. This album is evidence of his life assignment-MUSIC. I think God made all of us to do something with the same magnificence, smoothness, boldness and divine power this album offers. The hearer is effected at the spirit/soul level. He that has ears let him hear. Mr. Kirk please never do anything else expect MUSIC. Reader the question I ask you is, "Are you cheating the world by not sharing with us your________?"...

-Connect to God, Connect to Culture, Connect to Wealth-

-Newman, M.Div
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great April 2, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I truly loved this CD and because I played it in my truck while driving to see my not wife yet listening to it all the way to her house , in her house and back from her to my house. It is the BOMB
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! March 24, 2014
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I would recommend this album for lovers! The singer on this CD is fantastic and Kirk Whalum outdid himself. I will always be a fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pump Up The Heat January 31, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let have a Valentine's party at your House, put on some music.
Celebrating with KIRK WHALUM Jazz CD "Romance Language" the big Tenor
Saxophonist 'My One and Only Love'.
In 1963 John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman team up with KIRK WHALUM.
Also listen to Houston Person and his big Tenor Saxophonist " Blue Velvet'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance Language...simply beautiful. October 2, 2013
By Kathie
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Mr. Whalum is a very gifted musician. He puts his heart and soul into this CD and it blew me away.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance
Nice romantic music
Published 17 days ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thanks a lot
Published 23 days ago by drfretos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent products, reliability, speed and efficiency.
Published 26 days ago by Paulo Sergio Lima
3.0 out of 5 stars kirk Whalum Romance Language
Knowing that Kirk can really enthrall listeners, I found this product a little bland. Easy to listen to but nver quite gets there
Published 12 months ago by Too Thru
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection!
If you love beautiful music, you must hear Romance Language. Not only are instrumentals everything you would expect if you are a Kirk Whalum fan, but the vocals are outstanding. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Annie217
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable music
Kirk Whalum is one of the best! I just love his style.Romance Language cd is music to relax the mind, very enjoyable.
Published 13 months ago by PEGGY L. NELSON
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
Good Cdwhen cleaning up the house or just relaxing. now it want me to type 1 move words. All I need is that the cd is great
Published 13 months ago by Alfred W. Coates Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars My Guy
He is a master on the sax. what I love most about him is, I hear the instrument is a different way, it is a familiar sound but different. Every song on the CD is great.
Published 14 months ago by V. J. Fauntleroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless standards, fresh twist = Happy Listener
This cd was so refreshing to listen to...from beginning to end. The perfect background music for a romantic dinner for 2. Guys beware!... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dwayne L. Love
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