Romance Language

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Marcus Finnie - Drums

Bashiri Johnson - Percussion (1,5,7,8,10)

Braylon Lacy - Bass

Ralph Lofton - Organ

Michael “Nomad” Ripoll - Acoustic Guitar

Javier Solis - Percussion (2,3,6,9)

John Stoddart - Piano, Keyboards, Organ (10), Backing Vocals (9)

George Tidwell - Flugelhorn & Trumpet

Kevin Turner - Electric Guitar

Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum - Lead Vocals (7)

Kevin Whalum - Lead Vocals

Kirk Whalum - Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Flute

Kirk Whalum

Romance Language

Most artists would be daunted at the thought of remaking a classic work of art made by legends, but not Grammy® winner Kirk Whalum. The multidimensional saxophonist adeptly steps into the role of John Coltrane and tapped his brother, vocalist Kevin Whalum, to fill the shoes of Johnny Hartman on an unabashedly romantic collection of duets originally recorded in 1963 by the seminal artists.

Kirk Whalum is in love. He’s in love with music. He’s in love with God. He’s in love with passing on his knowledge by educating and training our youth. He’s in love with languages. And he’s in love with his wife of over 30 years. Many decry a lack of role models for our youth to emulate, especially when it comes to men of color. They obviously haven’t met the humble Grammy® winning saxophonist. Many have been labeled as renaissance men, but Whalum is a bona fide renaissance man who gives his life and love to serving others through music, education, and by preaching The Word. This musician’s musician literally walks the talk. Spend a little time with the man who relishes life with romance and you will depart inspired, and yes, in love. Such is the intoxicating power of his passions.

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