Kirk Whalum

The Gospel According to Jazz

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As spiritual jazz goes, it's hard not to compare a work to John Coltrane's seminal A Love Supreme. There is something elementally affirming about that work that is missing from this more dogmatic jazz-pop affair from Whalum and company. While one certainly cannot question the sincerity of feeling in Whalum's love of Christ, the slick quality of the work feels more commercial than spiritual. The pat "I Love Jesus" choral parts don't help much. In the end, it sounds like born-again David Sanborn.

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