One of the legends of Modern Smooth Jazz will release a new album for 2019. Kirk Whalum will drop Humanité on October 11th. This makes us want to say…..
It’s About Time!
Kirk spent a lot of his childhood with family and friends in the church. You can definitely hear that in his music. If you have been to the Holiday tour The Gospel According to Jazz, you surely know what I am talking about.
Humanité is Whalum’s first album release since 2017’s #LOVECOVERS. You may have to forgive the saxman for the lag in new music. With his touring schedule and his involvement in there supergroup BWB, Whalum keeps himself busy.
Humanité is unlike any album Kirk has ever made – the synergistic result of encounters made and relationships formed onstage and off with some of the finest recording artists from all over the world. Kirk’s collaborators on the album include Japanese jazz pianist Keiko Matsui, the young bass phenomenon Barry Likumahuwa, gifted singer/songwriter Grace Sahertian and global pop star singer/actor Afgan, all hailing from Indonesia; vocalist/guitarist Zahara, one of South Africa’s biggest stars; Kasiva Mutwa of Nairobi; and the veteran UK jazz vocalist Liane Carroll, long considered by cognoscenti as one of the finest voices in the genre.
Check out his first offering, Get Your Wings Up featuring Andrea Lisa on vocals.