Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum has released Humanité, his first full-length in two years.
The 14-track album features an impressive line-up of guests, including Japanese pianist Keiko Matsui, bassist Barry Likumahuwa and London-based singer Brendan Reilly. “I kept bumping into these amazing artists from all over the world and I wanted to make some crazy music with them and prove this point: That we’re all one,” Whalum said in a press release. “That’s the DNA of it. Like we say in the artwork, ‘With one voice, sometimes with words, we speak.’ This is the essential reality of being a world musician.”
Humanité is Whalum’s first album since 2017’s #Lovecovers. In his younger years, Whalum toured extensively with Whitney Houston and famously played the saxophone solo on her cover of “I Will Always Love You.”
Check out Humanité below: