Kirk Whalum Preps to Release 'The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter IV'

Kirk Whalum will releases The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter IV, in partnership with Mack Avenue Records and Rendezvous Music. The two-disc, 19-song album (and feature-length docu-musical film) sets a benchmark for live recording, nuanced performance and deep improvisation at the most profoundly felt, thoughtfully conceived and personal level.

The double album is in stores and online March 24, 2015. It is available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon. The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter IV docu-musical, which chronicles the album recording process and offers candid access to the artist as he reflects on his career and the music on this project will be presented at screenings and film festivals around the country as he embarks on The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter IV promotional tour later this month.

Recorded and filmed live at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., saxophonist Whalum elevates his award-winning Gospel According To Jazz series to a new level with the live-recorded double CD set featuring the best in Gospel music, Contemporary Jazz, and Urban music. The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter IV eloquently demonstrates the deep connections between Gospel and Jazz.

The double-disc album and docu-musical features Braun, Brown, Gibbs, Sheléa, John Stoddart, Gerald Veasley, Kevin Whalum, and Kenneth Whalum III. Special guests include Marcus Finnie, Braylon Lacy, Ralph T. Lofton, Kevin Turner, and Kortland Whalum.

Kicking off in New York City on March 16, Whalum embarks on a multi-city tour promoting the release of The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter IV and screening his companion docu-musical at churches, theaters and film festivals. Additional stops are planned for Atlanta, Los Angeles, Memphis, Tenn., Dallas, and more.

Track listing:

Just As I Am
Let ‘Em In
Keep On Pushing
My Hero
Intro to This is the Day
This is the Day
Intro to There
Intro to Beauty in Strength, Strength in Weakness
Beauty in Strength, Strength in Weakness
Wait For the Sunshine
Intro to Un Amor Supremo
Un Amor Supremo
Intro to Triage

Ave Maria
Intro to Sunday’s Best
Sunday’s Best
Cain’t Stay Blue
Intro to I See You
I See You
Intro to Madiba
Intro to Nannette
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
Kirk’s Improv
Love Is the Answer

Sarah Hearn
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