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Mar 31, 2020

Review: Vocalist Kurt Elling Teams With Pianist Danilo Pérez for ‘Secrets Are The Best Stories’

Renowned vocalist Kurt Elling collaborates with acclaimed pianist Danilo Pérez and a few other musicians on select tracks for Secrets Are The Best Stories Elling adds lyrics to compositions by Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorious, visionary...

Mar 31, 2020

Stirring Secrets – A rumination on Secrets Are the Best Stories by Ted C. Fishman

Secrets stir tension Secrets make us insiders when we have them, and outsiders when we don't Both are states of alienation, separating us from those on the other side of the secret But secrets also make us pay attention Think of the best...

Mar 24, 2020

Going to Church With Kurt Elling

I don’t think you’re supposed to congregate in a church during a pandemic, but Kurt Elling’s about-to-be-released album Secrets Are the Best Stories  (Edition Records) is close enough, for jazz, to such an...

Feb 28, 2020

Secrets Are The Best Stories

Kurt Elling's new duo album with Danilo Pérez Released worldwide April 3, 2020 on Edition Records – on CD, vinyl, and digital Pre-order: kurtellingbandcampcom Secrets Are The Best Stories is the new album from acclaimed vocalist and...

Feb 27, 2020

Kurt Elling on Working with Danilo Pérez, Politics and Recording with an Indie Label

Kurt Elling's work as a vocalist and poet-cum-lyricist always has exerted depth; vocal frippery isn't his style So, it comes as a surprise that he digs even deeper into eloquence on Secrets Are The Best Stories, a new disc set for release on...

Feb 04, 2020

Review: The Big Blind @ The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London – Jan. 31

The BBC Concert Orchestra performs alongside an all-star cast in 'The Big Blind' - a noir-inspired jazz audio drama by Kurt Elling and Phil Galdston Cast: Clarke Peters - Eddie Freeman, an older, African-American jazz saxophonist Kurt...

Feb 04, 2020

Review: “The Big Blind” with Kurt Elling and Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

The musical The Big Blind is a big show: its music and dialogue run for a full three hours, plus there is a 20-minute interval The audience response at the end of the show on Friday night was ecstatic, overwhelmingly so: a packed Queen...

Jan 23, 2020

Psst! A Peek at ‘Secrets Are the Best Stories,’ Kurt Elling’s New Album with Danilo Pérez

"There's a mystery," Kurt Elling sings softly "An enigma" Then, gathering momentum: "There's a memory oh so slight" His words come near the opening of "A Certain Continuum," the first single from Secrets Are The Best Stories, which...

Jan 15, 2020

Review: Kurt Elling at Birdland Jazz Club, January 9, 2020

Kurt Elling: a name synonymous with jazz He remains as much a luminary of the art form this year as last when I saw him pick up the mic on the same stage His CDs from decades past are the sounds that should be filling lounges worth their...

Oct 17, 2019

Symphony Center Tribute to Apollo 11 Was Teleporting

Usually, when I go to a concert, nothing can distract from the delight of live music The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's multi-media performance on October 14 at Symphony Center — titled "The Galaxy's Greatest Hits" as a tribute to the 50th...

Oct 17, 2019

Kurt Elling, Grammy-winning vocal great, eager to swing and lift spirits

Grammy Award-winning singer Kurt Elling is ready to take a break from the constant turmoil enveloping our polarized nation — and he's confident music fans are ready to do the same, if only for a night Accordingly, his Saturday night "A...

Oct 07, 2019

Jazz star Kurt Elling is still finding new ways of doing things

Duke Ellington had a saying: "the material is the material" It's a philosophy acclaimed jazz vocalist Kurt Elling has taken to heart through his career When the lights go down and curtain sweeps back, it really is all about the...