Kurt's Press Archive - 2004
Kurt Elling is a jazz singer whose approach is too cerebral to be constrained by that label. Indeed, his inventive vocals - with traces of Jon Hendricks' scats and Al Jarreau's tone - challenge listeners to pay attention lest they fall behind as he dissects and re-creates jazz standards. The  ...read more…
Bigger, brawnier and brainier than it has been in more than a decade, the Chicago Jazz Festival roared back into action on Monday-launching a seven-night run not seen since the 1980s. Though shrinking coffers forced the city to scale back the event during the 1990s, a new generation of Chicago  ...read more…
They're young, glamorous, beautiful, talented, evocatively dressed, sumptuously photographed -- and, oh, so boring to hear. Packaged to appeal more to the eye than to the ear, the new jazz singers -- or at least the vocalists being marketed as such -- have sold millions of records and, therefore, have  ...read more…
CHARLESTON - Pianist Fred Hersch has a reputation for challenging and evocative projects. But little can match the depth and profound power of his latest work, the musical recasting of "Leaves of Grass." With an ensemble of two brass, two reeds, cello, bass, percussion, piano and two voices, Hersch presented,  ...read more…
The last time Kurt Elling appeared at the University of Northern Colorado/ Greeley Jazz Festival, he was treated like an OutKast. The high school and college students screamed so loud when he was introduced it scared him. They screamed as if he were Andre 3000 or Big Boi, the rap duo  ...read more…