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The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter III

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2010 two CD release from the Jazz saxophonist. Kirk Whalum elevates his award winning Gospel According To Jazz series to a new level with a live-recorded double CD set featuring the best in Contemporary Jazz, Gospel and Urban music. This effort, both visually and audibly, demonstrates the deep connections between Gospel and Jazz. Its revised renditions of commonly known tunes socially connect with the listener on a horizontal level that seeks to usher in a vertical spiritual relationship. Features guest appearances from George Duke, Lalah hathaway, Doc Powell and others.

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This the finest chapter in the series yet.
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. Thom Jurek, All Music Guide --All Music Guide
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 16, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rendezvous
  • ASIN: B003626TMC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Chantel N. Nelson on April 25, 2010
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This is a good mixed compilation of old standards with contemporary pieces that have been artistically modified to be more "Christian" in nature. I have been very pleased with the mix of vocals and instrumental works. I listen to it at work and others have enjoyed it and have been complimentary of it as well.
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There is only a couple of songs that I like on this cd...actually ONE in particular. But I love the song so much that it was worth purchasing the entire album. It arrived very quickly and the service was GREAT! THANK YOU!
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Several years ago, I purchased the CD "The Gospekl According to Jazz-Chapter III. I played the CD so much, it was scratched beyond belief. (lol) When I found this recording on Amazon and realized I could download the product, I did not hesitate to make the purchase. Kirk Whalum is a phenomenal jazz artist and he always "brings the best to the table". If you are a jazz enthusiast and you love gospel music, go ahead and get ready to get a "smooth, delectable serving" of smooth jazz with a delicious gospel taste.
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The talents displayed are amazing. But what really got me was the over-riding mission of praising God. If that makes some uncomfortable, well, that's a shame. If the second track, "Fit for Battle", doesn't get you moving you really should seak medical help as soon as possible. Talent upon talent upon talent on a mission. I would love to have been there. It did lead me to his website to check out his touring schedule. I will see him live.
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Positives: Great sound overall, you cannot go wrong with Kirk Whalum. Bringing back George Duke from GAJ2 was awesome. Excellent interpretation of popular songs bringing into the Christian realm: "Because You Loved Me" and "Make Me a Believer" fit right into the theme. Kirk's brother Kevin is such a great singer, especially on "Running Away".

Negatives: Missed Jonathan Butler in "Falling in Love with Jesus" from GAJ2, he brought a spirituality to that song and added a touch to the whole CD/DVD in general that is missing from this new work. Also missed Paul Jackson Jr. on guitar, don't get me wrong, love Doc Powell, just personal taste. Don't know what is going on the last song "You are Everything" with the spoken word, very weird, did not fit the CD at all. Also the song "Ananias & Sapphira", don't know what's that about. I wish they had a Blu-Ray version, but I guess its too expensive to make it.

Summary: If you like to hear great musicians at their best playing songs that praise God, this it the CD/DVD. The fact that Kirk includes his family brings a value that Christian music in general is lacking now a days. I could write much more praises to this work, but instead of going on and on I would just Highly Recommend it. If you are familiar with GAJ2 this work is better produced and recorded, not necessarily better in all aspects though.
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This one tops it all a live recording, it just flows from one song to the other. Wish I were there at the recording, but when I listen to this CD I feel there in the spirit. There are outstanding musicians and vocalist on this CD, some of which are some of the Whalum family and George Duke with Lalah Hathaway and John Stoddard, vocals. Preach on, Play on Kirk Whalum.
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Kirk Whalum is everything he is because he loves Him! Amazing, heart-filled work. 5+ stars.
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This DVD and CD is something everyone should want to have in their DVD collection and CD collection. This is a wonderful piece of work by some outstanding musicians. I can watch this over and over and over. The solo by George Duke is priceless......I know Mrs. Duke would be truly proud of her one and only. And the Whalum family just takes you too a whole different level...so much talent in one family...Kurt you and your family are truly bless...I'm sure REV is proud too...................
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