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Kirk Whalum: Into My Soul

Kirk Whalum

Memphis-born saxophonist Kirk Whalum explores his hometown’s rich musical heritage on Into My Soul (Warner Bros.). This isn’t a collection of covers; collaborating with producer and Stax icon David Porter and relying on his own memories of his childhood in Memphis, Whalum has crafted a series of tracks that offer a personal and deeply felt take on the soul and spirit of Memphis music. “Do You Feel Me” features vocals by J. Blackfoot of the Memphis group the Soul Children, while Whalum turns in gutsy readings of “That’s All Right” (Elvis Presley’s first single) and the Sam and Dave hit “Hold on I’m Coming.” “I Loved You in Memphis” features vocalists Isaac Hayes and Wendy Moten, as well as a stirring solo from Whalum. He turns in a muscular yet tender performance on “Memphis Reason,” engages in some spirited interplay with his BWB groupmates Norman Brown and Rick Braun on the sly “Hoddamile (Hot or Mild)” and jams with his bassist son Kyle on the jazzy bonus track, “Postlude in B Major.”

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