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The Promise

Kirk Whalum

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Bob James gets the credit for discovering the passionate, soulful sax of Whalum in 1984. But you just know that a talent this size would have emerged on its own sooner or later. Between then and this release at the end of the decade, Whalum established himself as a major force on the contemporary scene, playing alongside the likes of James, Luther Vandross, Al Jarreau, and Larry Carlton, and releasing two powerful solo discs, 1985's Floppy Disk and 1988's And You Know That. But this third effort was his strongest outing to date, displaying a versatility which ranges from spiritual ("The Promise") to Brazilian (the tropical flavored "Desperately") to straight ahead rock & roll (the Larry Carlton tribute "LC's Back," which features the fancy licks of the guitarist himself). As producer, James gives his protégé's horn some fanciful grooves to work in and out of, most notably on the catchy, pop-like "Out a Hand." James also has a good time soloing on "Desperately" and the bass oriented "Don't Even Look." There are a lot of possible favorites in this collection, but the Carlton tribute is the one that hooks you from the very beginning. With this album, Whalum delivered in spades upon his early promise. ~ Jonathan Widran

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1
I Receive Your Love (Album Version) 00:06:06

Bob James, Producer - Darryl Phinnessee, Vocal - Diane Louie, Programmer - Dorian Holly, Vocal - Doug Rose, 2nd Engineer - Herman Matthews, Drums - J. PETERS, Composer - J. PETERS, Lyricist - JOE JORGENSON, Mastering Engineer - JOE JORGENSON, Recording Engineer - Jerry Peters, Co-Producer - Jerry Peters, Keyboards - Kirk Whalum, Performer - Max Risenhoover, 2nd Engineer - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Skip Scarborough, Composer - Skip Scarborough, Lyricist - Syreeta Wright, Vocal - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1989 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

2
N.E. Wind (Album Version) 00:05:05

Bob James, Keyboards - Bob James, Producer - Bob James, Programmer - Doug Rose, 2nd Engineer - Gary King, Bass - George Butler, Executive Producer - JOE JORGENSON, Mastering Engineer - JOE JORGENSON, Recording Engineer - K. Whalum, Composer - K. Whalum, Lyricist - Kirk Whalum, Performer - Leonard Gibbs, Percussion - Max Risenhoover, 2nd Engineer - Steve Khan, Guitar - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1989 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

3
The Promise (Album Version) 00:06:03

Abraham Laboriel, Bass - Bob James, Producer - Diane Louie, Programmer - Doug Rose, 2nd Engineer - Herman Matthews, Drums - J. PETERS, Composer - J. PETERS, Lyricist - JOE JORGENSON, Mastering Engineer - JOE JORGENSON, Recording Engineer - Jerry Peters, Co-Producer - Jerry Peters, Keyboards - Kirk Whalum, Performer - Leonard Gibbs, Percussion - Max Risenhoover, 2nd Engineer - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1989 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

4
Ma Foi (Album Version) 00:05:26

Bob James, Keyboards - Bob James, Producer - Bob James, Programmer - Doug Rose, 2nd Engineer - Gary King, Bass - George Butler, Executive Producer - Herman Matthews, Drums - JOE JORGENSON, Mastering Engineer - JOE JORGENSON, Recording Engineer - K. Whalum, Composer - K. Whalum, Lyricist - Kirk Whalum, Performer - Leonard Gibbs, Percussion - Max Risenhoover, 2nd Engineer - Schuyler, Bass - Steve Khan, Guitar - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1989 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
L.C.'s Back (Album Version) 00:05:17

Bob James, Keyboards - Bob James, Producer - Bob James, Programmer - Doug Rose, 2nd Engineer - Gary King, Bass - George Butler, Executive Producer - Herman Matthews, Drums - JOE JORGENSON, Mastering Engineer - JOE JORGENSON, Recording Engineer - K. Whalum, Composer - K. Whalum, Lyricist - Kirk Whalum, Performer - Larry Carlton, Guitar - Leonard Gibbs, Percussion - Max Risenhoover, 2nd Engineer - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1989 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

6
Desperately (Album Version) 00:06:32

Bob James, Keyboards - Bob James, Producer - Bob James, Programmer - Doug Rose, 2nd Engineer - Gary King, Bass - JOE JORGENSON, Mastering Engineer - JOE JORGENSON, Recording Engineer - K. Whalum, Composer - K. Whalum, Lyricist - Kirk Whalum, Performer - Leonard Gibbs, Percussion - Max Risenhoover, 2nd Engineer - Steve Khan, Guitar - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1989 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

7
Out-A-Hand (Album Version) 00:05:03

Bob James, Keyboards - Bob James, Producer - Bob James, Programmer - Bob James, Synthesizer - Doug Rose, 2nd Engineer - Gary King, Bass - George Butler, Executive Producer - Herman Matthews, Drums - JOE JORGENSON, Mastering Engineer - JOE JORGENSON, Recording Engineer - K. Whalum, Composer - K. Whalum, Lyricist - Kirk Whalum, Performer - Leonard Gibbs, Percussion - Max Risenhoover, 2nd Engineer - Steve Khan, Guitar - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1989 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

8
Don't Even Look (Album Version) 00:05:08

Bob James, Keyboards - Bob James, Producer - Bob James, Programmer - Doug Rose, 2nd Engineer - George Butler, Executive Producer - Herman Matthews, Drums - JOE JORGENSON, Mastering Engineer - JOE JORGENSON, Recording Engineer - K. Whalum, Composer - K. Whalum, Lyricist - Kirk Whalum, Performer - Leonard Gibbs, Percussion - Max Risenhoover, 2nd Engineer - Steve Khan, Guitar - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1989 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

9
For All We Know (Album Version) 00:05:51

Bob James, Keyboards - Bob James, Producer - Doug Rose, 2nd Engineer - F. Coots, Composer - F. Coots, Lyricist - George Butler, Executive Producer - Herman Matthews, Drums - JOE JORGENSON, Mastering Engineer - JOE JORGENSON, Recording Engineer - Kirk Whalum, Alto Saxophone - Kirk Whalum, Performer - Max Risenhoover, 2nd Engineer - Ron Carter, Bass - S.M Lewis, Composer - S.M Lewis, Lyricist - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1989 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Album Description

Bob James gets the credit for discovering the passionate, soulful sax of Whalum in 1984. But you just know that a talent this size would have emerged on its own sooner or later. Between then and this release at the end of the decade, Whalum established himself as a major force on the contemporary scene, playing alongside the likes of James, Luther Vandross, Al Jarreau, and Larry Carlton, and releasing two powerful solo discs, 1985's Floppy Disk and 1988's And You Know That. But this third effort was his strongest outing to date, displaying a versatility which ranges from spiritual ("The Promise") to Brazilian (the tropical flavored "Desperately") to straight ahead rock & roll (the Larry Carlton tribute "LC's Back," which features the fancy licks of the guitarist himself). As producer, James gives his protégé's horn some fanciful grooves to work in and out of, most notably on the catchy, pop-like "Out a Hand." James also has a good time soloing on "Desperately" and the bass oriented "Don't Even Look." There are a lot of possible favorites in this collection, but the Carlton tribute is the one that hooks you from the very beginning. With this album, Whalum delivered in spades upon his early promise. ~ Jonathan Widran

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