Kurt's Recent Press
If you run screaming from Christmas muzak that loops endlessly in the malls, then Kurt Elling's holiday album is for you. In characteristically idiosyncratic fashion, the singer sets out to remake and explore the songs, and the spirit, of the season. The result is a brainiac take on Christmas  ...read more…
The idea had been to bring Christmas to Ronnie Scott's a few weeks early, by playing pre-season material from Kurt Elling's new album, The Beautiful Day. But a recent election result seemed to be weighing on his mind; as a result, a pall of anguish and disbelief hung  ...read more…
Kurt Elling, the great American jazz singer, was a divinity student with a church-musician father – experiences that fuelled in him a philosophical intelligence and mistrust of dogma, alongside an affection for communal celebrations that are often glimpsed in his work. Those qualities have never seemed so unexpectedly evident as  ...read more…
Christmas came early to Ronnie Scott's this year. American singer Kurt Elling's latest release, The Beautiful Day, subtitled Kurt Elling Sings Christmas, reimagines more than a dozen seasonally themed songs as life-affirming contemporary jazz. Here he presented four of them in a performance that, like the album, avoided  ...read more…
A poetic and lyrical holiday-themed album, vocalist Kurt Elling's The Beautiful Day is much more than a seasonal production. The album follows up his eclectic 2015 album, Passion World, and arrives on the heels of his collaboration with saxophonist Branford Marsalis, 2016's Upward Spiral. Here, Elling applies his urbane sensibilities  ...read more…
August 15th, 2016
Saxophonist Branford Marsalis’ Quartet has an illustrious 20-year history spanning a series of 15 powerful albums that have tackled everything from John Coltrane's A Love Supreme in its entirety, to 2012's scorching Four MFs Playin' Tunes − always giving acoustic modern jazz a hefty kick up the behind. Yet  ...read more…
The first tableau in this vivid 12-song set is an upbeat croon through "There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' for New York" that launches acerbic stabs from Marsalis' soprano sax. Later, sax and vocals intertwine romantically on "Blue Gardenia", are stately and forlorn on "Practical Arrangement" and hint at  ...read more…