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Into My Soul by Kirk Whalum

After being part of the 2003 smooth jazz supergroup BWB with trumpeter Rick Braun and Grammy-winning guitarist Norman Brown, what can saxophonist Kirk Whalum do to top that? Come out with a dynamic CD, that's what. His new CD is called Into My Soul and Whalum really digs deep into his musical roots to come out with eleven tracks that hit every area of your body. It is a CD that features music that was made famous by B.B. King and Al Green. Many people only think of Elvis when they talk about Memphis, but Into My Soul will really open people's eyes.

Instead of it being a recording of Memphis soul covers, Whalum wanted to have new songs composed that help to expand the ever growing realm of Memphis soul. So he got David Porter, formerly of Stax Records, and Garry Goin to help him co-write six of the eleven tracks on the CD. The Memphis magic is there and provides music that comes from a simpler time where melody, rhythm, groove and soul are mixed together to make Into My Soul as satisfying as some down home Memphis barbecue ribs.

There are a few good surprises in Kirk Whalum's Into My Soul. First, Isaac Hayes and Wendy Moten do a great duet in I Loved You in Memphis, one of the songs that can be a tearjerker for some people. Second, Whalum's partners in BWB Rick Braun and Norman Brown join him on the track Hoddamile (Hot or Mild). The title comes from what every barbecue joint in Memphis asks people who eat barbecue what kind of sauce they want and the track is juicy and sticks to you. Third, Whalum's brother Ken and his son Kyle perform on separate tracks, both done to perfection. Keven sings on the track That's Alright Mama and Kyle shows his bass work on a bonus 12th track called Postlude in B Flat.

There are so many other people who helped make Kirk Whalum's Into My Soul just a tasty treat. From the Memphis musicians helping Whalum along to other guests like singers Maurice White and J. Blackfoot, percussionist Luis Conte, drummer Blair Cunningham and keyboardist John Stoddart, Into My Soul continues to show how Kirk Whalum is one of the most versatile performers in the world. Have a taste.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Kirk Whalum
  • CD Title: Into My Soul
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Warner Brothers
  • Rating: Four Stars
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