Kirk Whalum - Into My Soul

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Featuring an organic mix of straightforward R&B, Into My Soul finds alto saxophonist Kirk Whalum on what is ostensibly his Memphis album. Whalum -- a Memphis native -- does evince a Stax-style soulfulness, but he keeps the arrangements and his own playing mild and light despite the album's more natural acoustic production style. The title track, a funky midtempo ballad that recalls the simple elegance of Grover Washington, Jr., is a standout. Similarly, the funky "Hoddamile (Hot or Mild)" gets by nicely with a catchy melody and guest spots by trumpeter Rick Braun and guitarist Norman Brown. And the raw and soulful "That's All Right" -- featuring vocals by Kevin Whalum -- turns the Arthur Crudup-penned Elvis classic into a raw Tony! Toni! Toné!-meets-Sam Cooke rave-up. The rest of Into My Soul is pleasant, but falls short of a Whalum smooth jazz masterpiece. ~ Matt Collar

1) Do You Feel Me - Kirk Whalum (04:53)
2) Into My Soul - Kirk Whalum (04:57)
3) Hold On! I'm Comin' - Kirk Whalum (04:14)
4) Another Beautiful Day - Kirk Whalum (03:56)
5) Hoddamile (Hot or Mild) - BWB / Kirk Whalum (04:34)
6) I Loved You in Memphis - Isaac Hayes / Wendy Moten / Kirk Whalum (04:54)
7) That's All Right - Kevin Whalum / Kirk Whalum (04:01)
8) Memphis Reason - Kirk Whalum (05:06)
9) Club Paradise - Kirk Whalum (04:22)
10) You Had Me at Hello - Kirk Whalum / Maurice White (04:24)
11) Me, Me & You/Postlude in B Major - Kirk Whalum (08:40)

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