Kirk Whalum – Humanité (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:42 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Humanité is unlike any album Kirk has ever made – the synergistic result of encounters made and relationships formed onstage and off with some of the finest recording artists from all over the world.
Kirk’s collaborators on the album include Japanese jazz pianist Keiko Matsui, the young bass phenomenon Barry Likumahuwa, gifted singer/songwriter Grace Sahertian and global pop star singer/actor Afgan, all hailing from Indonesia; vocalist/guitarist Zahara, one of South Africa’s biggest stars; Kasiva Mutwa of Nairobi; and the veteran UK jazz vocalist Liane Carroll, long considered by cognoscenti as one of the finest voices in the genre.
Over a period of three months in 2018, Kirk and his longtime friend and producer, the British jazz trumpeter and session musician James McMillan, recorded tracks in locations ranging from studios in Jakarta, Tokyo, Paris, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Hastings, to hotel rooms, office buildings and even Kirk’s living room in Memphis.
According to Kirk, language and cultural barriers faded away once the playing and improvisation began. As he sees it, music serves the same purpose all over the world for both artists and their audiences – a universal form of communication to share emotion and tell stories, but most especially to “enable liberation and freedom of expression.”
01. Move on Up
02. Everybody Oughta Be Free
03. Don’t Get Me Wrong (I’m Grateful)
04. Wake up Everybody
06. Get Your Wings Up
07. Now I Know
10. Blow 4U
13. We Shall Overcome You
14. From the East to the West