Thursday, November 3, 2005

Jazz Saxophonist Elevates Babyface

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Songwriter Babyface has written his share of hits over the last 15 years, but he’s just now reaching new heights in the jazz community.

That’s because jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum has made it his personal mission to show his fellow musicians that Babyface “really is one of the great American songwriters.”

Whalum is doing it with his new CD, Kirk Whalum Performs The Babyface Songbook, which features instrumental versions of songs like “When Can I See You,” “I’ll Make Love To You,” and “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).”

As he puts it, “It’s our feeble way to elevate him and show that the songs have the merit and raw material for improvisation.”

Babyface is helping his own cause by contributing background vocals to “I Said I Love You” which Whalum jokes “was a tribute to our tribute.”

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