Bob James & Kirk Whalum ‘Joined At The Hip’ Remastered out December 13

December 9, 2019

Acclaimed album Joined At The Hip from contemporary jazz icons Bob James & Kirk Whalum remastered and re-released

Available December 13th via evosound , Japan Tour to Follow Album Release


With all of the music that is released every year, you tend to forget about some of the classics.

Enter 'Joined At The Hip' Remastered.

"Looking back on the highlights of my career, it’s become more and more clear to me how much I love collaborations," says James, now 79, who first came across Whalum 35 years ago in 1984 at a concert in Texas. The pianist was impressed by the then unsigned saxophonist and invited him to play on his album, 12. By the time that they recorded 'Joined At The Hip' together, Whalum had five albums under his belt and was an established saxophone star of the smooth jazz scene.

James and Whalum possess a unique creative chemistry when they play together but they were enhanced by what the saxophonist described as "an incredibly magical cast that Bob had assembled": guitarist Jeff Golub, bassist Chris Walker and drummer Billy Kilson, who, according to James, "weren’t just playing parts, they were creating a vibe by injecting their own personalities into the music."

This is a nine track album, with two remakes. Donny Hathaway's 'The Ghetto' (mixed by Bob Power) and Maria Muldaur's 'Midnight At The Oasis,' both hits in the 1970s. "I loved these choices, both of which, in my memory, came from Kirk," reveals James. "We made it a family affair by having his brother Kevin and my daughter Hilary sing the duet on ’Midnight at the Oasis.’ Their blend was so cool!"

Joined At The Hip has been remastered using the original high resolution audio mixes and will be available on SACD, MQA-CD and Hi-Res digital audio (24bit / 44.1kHz). The SACD and Digital release includes two bonus tracks, the previously unreleased full-length versions of ‘Deja Blue’ and ‘Out Of The Blue’. The album's 16-page booklet includes new liner notes featuring reminiscences from James, Whalum, and the session's original sound engineer, Ken Freeman. The hybrid SACD plays back on both SACD and regular CD players. MQA is an award-winning technology that delivers the sound of the studio. MQA-CD plays back on all CD players. When a conventional CD player is connected to an MQA-enabled device, the CD will reveal the original master quality.


The original line-up from the Joined At The Hip sessions of Bob James (piano), Kirk Whalum (sax), Billy Kilson (drums) and Chris Walker (bass), accompanied by Will Patrick (guitar) will play the album, in its entirety.


Dec 29  Dec 31  Jan 4  
Dec. 29th - Blue Note Tokyo
Dec. 30th - Blue Note Tokyo
Dec. 31 - Blue Note Tokyo
Jan. 2 - Blue Note Tokyo
Jan. 4 - Motion Blue Yokohama
Jan. 5 - Blue Note Nagoya
Jan. 7 & 8 - Blue Note Tokyo (Just Bob and Kirk with Blue Note Big Band)

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