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Memphis Grammy-winner Kirk Whalum releases Valentine's CD

(WMC-TV) - Just in time for Valentine's Day, Grammy Award-winner Kirk Whalum is releasing his new jazz CD "Romance Language."

The world knows Whalum for his sax solo in the Whitney Houston hit "I Will Always Love You," but Memphis knows Whalum as a native son.

He says the sultry sounds of "Romance Language" play like a symphonic love note to his wife of 31 years.

"I'm able to express to Ruby this Valentine's Day things I've felt for 30 something years," Whalum said.

On the heels of his 2011 Grammy win, the Stax Music CEO described his 29th CD as "100 percent romance."

Whalum speaks English, French and Spanish, but says music is the ultimate romance language.

"I mean, that goes high above any spoken tongue," he said.

The 10-song, jazz CD sizzles with both instrumentals and the sultry vocals of Whalum's brother, Hugh, in their first collaboration.

"We get to share our love for our wives," Kirk said. "We get to share our love for the beautiful women of this awesome town called Memphis."

Though it took just three weeks to arrange, write and record, Whalum said he was as careful with every note, as he is with love.

"You have to realize it's not something to be taken lightly," he added. "It's something that reflects God's love."

Whalum was candid about his view of love versus sex.

"I hear people talk about, 'I went to bed with this girl and we had fun.' I'm like 'fun, that's it?'" he questioned. "This is the most precious connection people can have."

He hopes the music will infuse hearts with true romance.

"It's about how precious and how delicate is this thing we call love," Whalum reflected.

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