Kurt's Press Archive - 2005
The singer Kurt Elling projects in strong, concentrated gusts: a half-second of inflation and then the word itself, drawn out and oversized. He can sound like a horn, and works in long, free-ranging solos, sometimes making that process literal by mimicking actual solos in word-based "vocalese," after the manner of  ...read more…
When pianist Fred Hersch set out to compose an extended piece inspired by Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," there was one specific voice he had in mind. Though they had never worked together before, Hersch conceived of his most ambitious project as a perfect vehicle for vocalist Kurt Elling, the  ...read more…
For Leaves of Grass, pianist/composer Fred Hersch has set the poetry of Walt Whitman to music. Without a doubt that this is a very great record. Hersch's compositions, which showcase the singing of Kurt Elling (mostly) and Kate McGarry, are jazz, but, happily, they are not otherwise easily classifiable.  ...read more…