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Kurt Elling: The Beautiful Day

Predictably, Kurt Elling’s first Christmas album is anything but predictable. The exquisite quintet session unites Elling with guitarist John McLean, pianist Stu Mindeman, bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Kendrick Scott. Intermingling the secular and sacred, they reimagine a couple of holiday standards-a funkified “Little Drummer Boy,” and Claude Thornhill’s “Snowfall” blended with John Hollenbeck’s enchanting … Read More “Kurt Elling: The Beautiful Day”

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Branford Marsalis Quartet/Special Guest Kurt Elling: Upward Spiral

How did one of the best and most important jazz bands around-saxophonist Branford Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner-come to unite with one of the best and most important jazz vocalists? The idea ignited when Marsalis and Kurt Elling met during the 2014 Monk competition. Two years on, immediately prior … Read More “Branford Marsalis Quartet/Special Guest Kurt Elling: Upward Spiral”

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Kurt Elling: Passion World

Kurt Elling’s latest, his second with bassist Clark Sommers, drummer Kendrick Scott and guitarist John McLean, is also his first without pianist and arranger Laurence Hobgood. (Keyboardist Gary Versace now completes the ace quintet.) It’s a momentous turning point. Hobgood served as his musical Boswell for nearly two decades, their interdependent strengths critical to the … Read More “Kurt Elling: Passion World”

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Kurt Elling: 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project

Manhattan’s most famous music address remains best known for the brief period during the late 1950s and early ’60s when young songwriters like Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Barry Mann and Burt Bacharach were churning out the pop and R&B hits that defined the era. But Kurt Elling, never one to take … Read More “Kurt Elling: 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project”

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