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Kurt Elling

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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.

Album

Let There Be Love

Label: Alan Franke Records
Released: 2021

Album

SuperBlue

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. SuperBlue 4.47 2. Sassy 4.18 3. Manic Panic Epiphanic 5.29 4. Where To Find It 4.50 5. Can't Make it With Your Brain 5.49 6. The Seed 4.22 7. Dharma Bums 5.58 8. Circus 4.55 9. Endless Lawns 6.54 10. This Is How We Do 1.16

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jon Hendricks: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Jon Hendricks: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Peter Jones


Considering he reached the ripe old age of 37 before recording an album, Jon Hendricks' jazz legacy is remarkable. Although a singer, in his head he was more of an instrumentalist. When he improvised, he would imitate the tenor saxophone, the flute, the trombone, or the double-bass. His professional singing career lasted from 1932, when he ...

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Article: Live Review

The 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival: Against All Odds, Day 2

Read "The 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival: Against All Odds, Day 2" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 This is the second of four pieces covering the 2021 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Two weeks before the festival, a decision was made to go to a virtual format due to the surge provided by the Delta variant of Covid-19. Three outdoor stages ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Patti Austin and Kurt Elling

Read "Patti Austin and Kurt Elling" reviewed by Joseph Vella


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Article: Interview

Steven Feifke: Kinetic

Read "Steven Feifke: Kinetic" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In terms of physics, kinetic energy is described as a force or power which a body or object possesses by virtue of being in motion. With reference to the aptly named debut from the Steven Feifke Big Band, that ideal is fully applicable. Kinetic, recorded in early 2019 and released in April of 2021, capitalizes on ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Costanza Alegiani, Charlie Hunter, Christian McBride, Nicole Johänntgen & Other New Releases

Read "Costanza Alegiani, Charlie Hunter, Christian McBride, Nicole Johänntgen & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In the two weeks since our last new releases special, so much great music came to our attention that today we have one of those shows that some define as “all killer, no filler..." except that I don't like to think of music as “killing," but you catch my drift. A special focus on ...

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Article: Lyrics

Sassy from SuperBlue

Read "Sassy from SuperBlue" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Sassy Lyrics By Kurt Elling, Charlie Hunter, Bill Bodine, Cheryl Bentyne, Janis Siegel. Music Publishers: Dill Dough Bean Music (ASCAP); Morton St. Music (ASCAP); Yikes Publishing (ASCAP). Dig! Ya really wanna flip your lid? Step up and give a listen to the singer. Hip or square, say a prayer. When ...

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Article: Interview

Ulysses Owens: Big Band, Big Sound

Read "Ulysses Owens: Big Band, Big Sound" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Some jazz drummers, as remarkable as they may be and as successful as their careers are, just aren't suited to drive a big band. It's not for every percussionist. But every big band needs a good one or the effort will fall short. A ship needs a rudder. Ulysses Owens Jr., who started beating out rhythms ...


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