Kurt's Recent Press
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…
Branford Marsalis has mastered most tricks of the sax-player's trade – traditional song-playing lyricism, an advanced post-Coltrane technique (lately coupled with a classical one), and long experience of playing with singers, notably Sting in the 90s. All that colours this memorable meeting between Marsalis' quartet and Kurt Elling, one  ...read more…
If there's any genre of music that's truly built on the idea of spur-of-the-moment change, it's jazz. And so, in that very spirit, we had this performance. The audience that came down to hear the inimitable Kate McGarry on this cool and humid summer night was swiftly  ...read more…
These days democracy in jazz singing is vanishingly rare. On record a star singer will sublimate the band to mere accompaniment. Conversely a star instrumentalist might submit to one or two guest vocal spots to placate the PR. Yet here we have a truly symbiotic meeting with the singer Kurt  ...read more…
A good move on both Marsalis' and Elling's part – I think both needed this kind of stimulus. The quartet is completed by Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums. The programme is a rich and varied mix of solid gold standards  ...read more…
How did one of the best and most important jazz bands around — saxophonist Branford Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner — come to unite with one of the best and most important jazz vocalists? The idea ignited when Marsalis and Kurt Elling met during  ...read more…