Jazz Concert Review: The Montreal Jazz Festival Turns 40, Part Two

His soul, though, at least in my estimation, is in bebop. On the huge stage of the Salle Ludger-Duvernay, he told rhymed stories, scatted, but also served up a brilliantly elaborated version of Thelonious Monk’s “In Walked Bud.” It was fascinating to watch Perez, who at times controlled the direction of Elling’s improvisations. They pulled off a beautifully sensitive version of Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday,” as well as a playful rendition of Monk’s “Pannonica.” Elling is a literate singer with wide-ranging interests — as well as perfect pitch and rhythmic sense. His 2007 disc Nightmoves includes poems by Theodore Roethke and Walt Whitman set to music.