Kirk Whalum

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Kirk Whalum (born July 11, 1958) is an American smooth jazz saxophonist and songwriter. He toured with Whitney Houston for more than seven years and soloed in her single "I Will Always Love You", the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. He was also featured on many Luther Vandross albums, most often playing on the singer's covers of older pop and R&B standards like "Anyone Who Had a Heart", "I (Who Have Nothing)" and "Love Won't Let Me Wait".

Whalum has recorded a series of well received solo albums and film soundtracks, with music ranging from pop to R&B to smooth jazz. Kirk’s musical accomplishments have brought him a total of 12 Grammy nominations. He won his first Grammy award in 2011 for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do”, featuring Lalah Hathaway) alongside lifelong friend and gifted writer, Jerry Peters.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 And You Know That! Kirk Whalum 1
1990 The Promise Kirk Whalum 1
1993 Caché Kirk Whalum 1
1995 In This Life Kirk Whalum 1
1996 Joined at the Hip Bob James & Kirk Whalum 1
1997 Colors Kirk Whalum 1
1998 For You Kirk Whalum 1
1998 The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter 1 Kirk Whalum 1
1999 Ricky Lawson & Friends: First Things 1st Ricky Lawson with Gerald Albright, Phil Collins, George Duke, Sheila E., Nathan East, Donald Fagan, Robben Ford, James Ingram, Boney James, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum & Vesta Williams 1
2000 Unconditional Kirk Whalum 1
2001 Floppy Disk Kirk Whalum 1
2001 Hymns in the Garden Kirk Whalum 1
2001 The Christmas Message Kirk Whalum 1
2002 The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter II Kirk Whalum 1
2003 In to My Soul Kirk Whalum 1
2003 Into My Soul Kirk Whalum 1
2005 Kirk Whalum Performs the Babyface Songbook Kirk Whalum 1
2007 Ultimate Kirk Whalum Kirk Whalum 1
2007 Roundtrip Kirk Whalum 1
2008 Promises Made-The Millennium Promise Jazz Project Takana Miyamoto & Kirk Whalum 1
2008 Promises Made: The Millennium Promise Jazz Project Kirk Whalum & Takana Miyamoto 1
2010 The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter III Kirk Whalum 1
2010 Everything Is Everything: The Music of Donny Hathaway Kirk Whalum 1
2012 Romance Language Kirk Whalum 1
2015 The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter IV Kirk Whalum 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 The Best of Kirk Whalum Kirk Whalum 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Unconditional w/ Extra tracks Kirk Whalum 1

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