Kurt's Recent Press
Kurt Elling wrapped the audience around his finger from the moment he stepped out on stage– right after a smooth introduction by Bill Charlap, the pianist and artistic director of the 92Y Jazz in July Festival. Throughout the night, the ensemble, also including Harry Allen on tenor sax, Warren  ...read more…
Every baritone jazz singer has to stand comparison to Frank Sinatra, whose shadow looms over them so unremittingly, you want to take pity and just equip them all with miners' helmets. And it's true that in terms of sheer tonal beauty, Kurt Elling — the bari-jazzman of the moment  ...read more…
DownBeat critics' capsule reviews to accompany John McDonough's full review in DownBeat's August 2015 issue. Kurt Elling, Passion World I was waiting for the wrong move that never came. The Björk cover was a near miss, the least casual and natural seeming, but it doesn't spoil  ...read more…
August 6th, 2015
Globe-trotting romance was stylish and sexy in the '50s when Frank Sinatra hit the friendly skies with Come Fly With Me. Kurt Elling works in that tradition here, though both the times and the flight plan have changed. He's gathered up international material from Björk to Brahms  ...read more…
Every single one of singer Kurt Elling's 10 previous albums has been nominated for a Grammy Award (he won in 2009). Now comes album #11, Passion World, five years in the making, is a world music potpourri of intriguing images, melodies, sadness and surprise. Augmenting his usual quintet are a few friends  ...read more…
July 27th, 2015
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  ...read more…
In an ideal world Kurt Elling would be known beyond the jazz world, in many ways he reminds me of Michael Bublé with his stage presence and commanding voice and his ability to reinvent to any song. He has been named Male Singer of the Year eight times by  ...read more…