Kirk Whalum: In All the Earth
In All the Earth
Kirk Whalum (sax)
The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter 1 (Warner Bros. 47113)
Paul Jackson, Jr. (electric and acoustic guitars), J.D. Blair (drums), Mike Manson (upright and electric bass), Tyrone Dickerson (keyboard programming, organ, choir direction), Tony Britton, Diane Coakley, Rodney Covington, Nashon Fondren, Joy Jackson, Gwen Nance, Holly Nier, Cyndy Pasley, Debra Porter, Jauria Porter, Maura Ripoli, Renee Sinkfield, Virgil Straford, Jayne Trotter (choir), Eric Darken (percussion), Danny Dunan (computer/synthesizer programming), Wayne Holmes (keyboard programming).
Recorded: Roy Acuff Theater, Nashville, TN
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Gospel music was as intrinsic to saxophonist Kirk Whalum’s musical development and musical identity as was jazz, and he deftly blended both on his 1994 album The Gospel According To Jazz. It was a live recording featuring a gospel choir and a stellar band that included keyboardist George Duke and guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. “In All The Earth” is a rousing outing led by the choir, Whalum’s saxophone providing energetic accompaniment, and the entire ensemble combining to create a joyous proclamation of faith.
Reviewer: Lucy Tauss