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Kurt Elling Update

On July 22 Blue Note will release Kurt Elling’s Man In the Air, the singer’s sixth album, which finds him fitting lyrics to songs like John Coltrane’s “Resolution” and Herbie Hancock’s “A Secret I.”

Elling’s usual cohorts-pianist Laurence Hobgood, bassist Rob Amster, and drummer Frank Parker Jr.-are in tow for the duration of Man In the Air‘s dozen tracks, but are joined by vibist Stefon Harris and saxophonist Jim Gailloreto. The album’s release isn’t far away, but if you have a hankering for some idiosyncratic scat, sate yourself at The man’s Web site features audio previews of four album tracks, including Pat Metheny’s “Minuano” and Joe Zawinul’s “Time to Say Goodbye.” There are also a number of Real Audio streams of cuts from albums by Orbert Davis and Yellowjackets at the site which Elling lent his voice to, as well as a few live tracks. How about a Man In the Air track list?


In The Winelight


Time To Say Goodbye

The Uncertainty Of The Poet

The More I Have You

Man In The Air

A Secret I

Higher Vibe

Hidden Jewel

Never My Love

All Is Quiet

In other Elling news, the singer was recently elected to the position of Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., the people who run the Grammys. He has worked as one of the Recording Academy’s Chicago Chapter Trustees for a while and was partly responsible for expanding Grammy’s rap and world music award fields and establishing separate fields for both comedy recordings and classical production. The new position places him in the second-highest elected position within the Academy.

He’s also about to embark on a lengthy tour that will see him traveling in Europe before returning to the States in late August. Tour dates:

7/12/2003 Aarhus, Denmark Concert Hall Aarhus

7/13/2003 Amsterdam, NET PWA Hall

7/14/2003 Almunecar, Spain Parque Del Mojuelo

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