Elling's flexible, expressive, resounding voice is one of the great instruments in jazz, owned by an artist. Creators like this are a joy to experience and it's unfortunate more people aren't willing to open their ears to this kind of jazz... Maybe today will finally be the day.
I was first exposed to jazz by my high school girlfriend's father. On the one hand he was the school's Vice Principal, on the other
he was a big Miles Davis fan. He gave me my first jazz record, Miles at the Blackhawk.