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KIRK WHALUM
ROMANCE LANGUAGE

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 (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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. --thesmoothjazzride.com

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. --smoothjazztherapy.com

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 --eurweb.com

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The vocal is excellent and the instrumental expertise is unmatched!!
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The perfect background music for a romantic dinner for 2.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carraher on 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 By pablolie on February 14, 2012
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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 By EDEN, Now on February 29, 2012
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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 By A. Newman on 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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By Alfonza Wright Jr. on April 2, 2014
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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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By SJT on 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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By Flora m bauer on January 31, 2014
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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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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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