Kurt's Press Archive - 2003
Great jazz draws on history while offering innovation. Singer Kurt Elling embodied that spirit and then some this weekend at the 46th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, channeling predecessors of the art form and conjuring a vision of its future. Elling's one-hour-plus set late Saturday kept a packed house at Dizzy's  ...read more…
July 30th, 2003
Single-handedly, Kurt Elling has reinvigorated the art of vocalese, and popularized it, as no other singer, male or female, has in decades. With unpredictability, intellect and a sense of adventure, Elling's treatments of songs that we think are definintive turn out to be subject to further interpretation after all, as  ...read more…
July 24th, 2003
Kurt Elling has finally delivered on the potential promised on his 1997 album The Messenger. It is true that Elling has been terrifically consistent in his offerings with very inspired performances-- even if the material and its execution were not nearly as adventurous as that storied earlier recording. But Man in  ...read more…
There are two schools of thought on Kurt Elling. Both sides tend to agree that Elling is a talented interpreter of songs in the jazz style, and that he possesses a certain skill when it comes to scat and to vocalese. One side, however, laments Elling's affinity for beat poetry,  ...read more…