Personnel includes: Kirk Whalum (tenor saxophone); Yolanda Adams, Syreeta, Javette Steele (vocals); Andy Snitzer (alto saxophone); Roger Rosenberg (baritone saxophone); Kent Smith (trumpet); Michael Davis (trombone); Rick Jackson (piano, keyboards); Alvin King (organ); Bob James, Jerry Peters, Philippe Saisse (keyboards); Larry Fast (synthesizer); Steve Khan, Dean Brown, Doc Powell, Larry Carlton, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Abraham Laboriel, Marcus Miller, Gary King (bass); Herman Matthews, Buddy Williams, Yogi Horton (drums); Crusher Bennett, Leonard "Doc" Gibbs, Jr. (percussion).
Producers include: Bob James, Steve Buckingham, Robbie Buchanan, Jay Landers, Kirk Whalum.
Compilation producers: Kirk Whalum, Nedra Olds-Neal.
Recorded between 1985 and 1995. Includes liner notes by Philippe Saisse and Kristopher Spencer.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Kirk Whalum (saxophone, tenor saxophone, computer); Jevetta Steele (vocals, background vocals); Darryl Phinnessee, Dorian Holly, Kenneth Williams, Syreeta, V. Michael McKay, Yolanda Adams (vocals); Dean Brown , Doc Powell, Dwight Sills, David Brown , Tod Vullo, Larry Carlton, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Steve Khan (guitar); Andy Snitzer (alto saxophone); Roger Rosenberg (baritone saxophone); Kent Smith (trumpet); Michael Davis (trombone); Rick Jackson (piano, keyboards); Alvin King (organ); Jerry Peters, Philippe Saisse (keyboards, programming); Robbie Buchanan (keyboards, drum programming); Bob James (keyboards, computer); Larry Fast (synthesizer); Marcus Miller (bass guitar); Steve Summer, Herman Matthews, Poogie Bell, Ricky Lawson, Yogi Horton, Buddy Williams (drums); Leonard "Doc" Gibbs, Errol Crusher Bennett, Brian Kilgore (percussion); Christian "Wicked" Wicht (programming); Diane Louie, Michael Colina (computer); James Williams, Jearlyn Steele Battle, Lori-Ann Velez, Vaneese Thomas (background vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Kristopher Spencer; Philippe Saisse.
Photographers: Pamela Springsteen; Deborah Samuel; Hans Neleman.
Arrangers: Philippe Saisse; Robbie Buchanan.
The Best of Kirk Whalum collects a bevy of tracks off smooth jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum's five Columbia albums. Despite the fact that it was these albums that made Whalum a star, they were inconsistent, and it is nice to have his most potent material organized onto one disc. Included are songs from the concert staple "Kyle's Smile" and the soulful "Glow" to mid-'90s material like "X-Factor" and "Peaceful Hideaway." Since most of Whalum's fans probably already have the albums these tracks are culled from, it seems a bit lacking that no previously unreleased material was included. Nonetheless, this is an essential compilation for any smooth jazz fan. ~ Matt Collar