Rendezvous Ent Kirk Whalum Gospel According To Jazz Chapter Iii

Track Title. 1. 1 Call To Worship. 1. 2 Fit To Battle. 1. 3 Ananias & Sapphira. 1. 4 Introduction To “Rev”. 1. 5 “Rev”. 1. 6 Because You Loved Me. 1. 7 Make Me A Believer. 1. 8 He’s Been Just That Good. 1. 9 If You Ever Need Me. 2. 1 Africa Jesus Africa. 2. 2 You Are Everything. 2. 3 Smile Medley (Pt. 1): Smile. 2. 4 Smile Medley (Pt. 2): God Has Smiled On Me. 2. 5 It’s What I Do. 2. 6 Thrill Is Gone. 2. 7 Running Away. 2. 8 You Are Everything. 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 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.