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Kurt Elling

GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. An international jazz award winner, he has also been GRAMMY nominated a dozen times.

Elling's rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word and poetry.

Secrets Are The Best Stories

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Fanfold Hawk (For Franz Wright); A Certain Continuum; Stays; Gratitude (For Robert Bly); Stage I; Beloved (For Toni Morrison); Stages II, III; Song Of The Rio Grande (For Oscar And Valeria Martinez-Ramirez); Rabo De Nube; Esperanto; Epílogo

ARTICLE: RADIO

Great Young Singers - Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift

Read "Great Young Singers - Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift" reviewed by Russell Perry

In 1987, the first Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition was held. Among the winners were Marcus Roberts and Joey DeFrancesco. On a roughly annual basis, the competition is held, now focussing on a different instrument each year and renamed in 2019 the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Competition. The competitions in 2010 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kurt Elling: Secrets Are The Best Stories

Read "Secrets Are The Best Stories" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Due anni dopo la pubblicazione di The Questions il cantante di Chicago si presenta con un organico completamente nuovo che fa perno sul pianista panamense Danilo Pérez, aggiunge in un brano il portoricano Miguel Zenón e si avvale di una base ritmica di prim'ordine con altri strumentisti latini. La direzione espressiva di Kurt Elling ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Pat Metheny Songbook - A New Jazz Canon, Part 1

Read "The Pat Metheny Songbook - A New Jazz Canon, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we launch a series of episodes that, from time to time, we'll look at the work of contemporary jazz players as composers, rather than performers, from Tim Berne to Geri Allen, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, John Zorn, Brad Mehldau and many more. We are starting this series with Pat Metheny, the author ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Bird at 100: Rudresh Mahanthappa, Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring and More

Read "Bird at 100:  Rudresh Mahanthappa, Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring and More" reviewed by Russell Perry

Charlie Parker was born 100 years ago (August 29, 1920). Although he died at the age of 34 in 1955, his legacy is so powerful that jazz would have been very different without his contributions. In the intervening 65 years, Bird's music has continued to influence and inspire several generations of players and fans. In the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Music Is Forever - Farewell to Annie Ross

Read "Music Is Forever - Farewell to Annie Ross" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In the first hour, a special tribute to Jazz Master Annie Ross (who sadly passed days before her 90th birthday), plus new releases from Mark Masters, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (a 1959 never released studio recording!), Jimmy Heath, Eva Cortés and Bettye Lavette, with birthday shoutouts to Margaret Whiting, Joanne Brackeen, Lisa Maxwell, Rufus ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: The Latin Jazz Project

Read "The Latin Jazz Project" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

When last heard from, the salsa powerhouse Spanish Harlem Orchestra was celebrating fifteen years of playing together with Anniversary (ArtistShare, 2018). There have always been elements of Latin jazz in the group's music, and Artistic Director Oscar Hernández is a noted Latin jazz pianist, so it was only a matter of time until they presented a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Zoöphyte: Signs Of Life

Read "Signs Of Life" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A zoophyte is the ancient Greek term for an invertebrate animal resembling a plant. So, an odd name for a band, perhaps. Mythical zoophytes, like the plant that grew sheep as its fruit, were commonplace in Medieval herbals--tomes describing the culinary, toxic, hallucinatory, aromatic, and magical qualities of plants. These were, in less scientific times, attempts ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Campbell: Old Flames Never Die

Read "Old Flames Never Die" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's a “square peg, round hole" problem holding vocalist Peter Campbell back in the renown department. He doesn't fall into the resounding soul-stirrer category, à la Gregory Porter, the bop poet-philosopher niche, ruled by Kurt Elling, the pure experimentalist's camp, typified by Theo Bleckmann, the neo-soul realm, occupied by José James, the group-minded singer-songwriter space(s), elevated ...


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