The Accomplished Kenneth Whalum Drops His New Album, 'Broken Land'
First Look Friday alum, Kenneth Whalum, has returned with another project, Broken Land, which you can hear for yourself below.
The super-talented, dynamic saxophone player Kenneth Whalum was one of our first First Look Friday subjts when I started working at Okayplayer. Fast forward some almost two years later, and the alt/R&B artist has went from touring sideman to leading man with his latest project, Broken Land.
The project comes after making another star turn as the featured horn player on Jay-Z‘s “Bam” from the critically acclaimed, 4:44, album. Whalum’s Broken Land is a welcomed departure from the classic jazz space, as Kenneth dives in head first into the experimental world of alt-R&B.
“This s a very personal project for me,” Kenneth said via press release. “I believe so deeply in the reality of my emotions that I find a hard time releasing music until every single thing reflects the feeling. I did this with this album. I took the time to experience pain. I didn’t run from it. You hear that on these songs. You feel the heartache but you also feel the victory and joy that comes from those experiences. Sonically it is a very clear statement of all these things.”
With upcoming tour dates on the way + more new music in the coming months, check out Broken Land below, plus keep an eye out from more from Kenneth Whalum as it breaks.