Upward Spiral

OKEH / SONY | 2016

Track Listing

  • There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
  • Blue Gardenia
  • From One Island To Another
  • Practical Arrangement
  • Doxy
  • I'm A Fool To Want You
  • West Virginia Rose
  • Só Tinha de Ser Com Você
  • Momma Said
  • Let me tell you what’s true
    My soul’s a golden flag that flies so far in the boundless blue
    I know high up above what will be below

    Let me tell you what’s true
    The wings of windy change that will come to you cut me right through
    I know nothing is certain to hold onto

    And I’ll tell you what’s true
    Your life will run away from you in moments both quick and smooth
    I know fast are the hours and far too few

    Let me tell you what’s true …

  • Blue Velvet
  • Every GRAIN of sand that’s lost upon the shore
    will eventually roll home

    Every LEAF on every tree that falls to autumn
    leaves a greenish stem to grow

    …becoming the leaves that adorn every tree in spring

    Every WAVE that breaks the surface of the deep
    to know a moment in the sun

    Just as suddenly returns to twilit sleep
    Every one lives only seconds and it’s done…
    It’s only the way that the ultimate mystery’s spun

    Every breath you take / you borrow from air / giving back some part of you
    Everything that lives has a birthright from the stars / a current passes through the person who you are … And though the distance is far / you return to you mother sky / as a star


Branford Marsalis – Saxophone

Joey Calderazzo – Piano

Eric Revis – Bass

Justin Faulkner – Drums

Kurt Elling – Voice


Recorded and Mixed by Rob “Wacko” Hunter

Recorded December 16-19, 2015 at The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, LA

Mixed March 20 – 27, 2016 at The Studio in the Country, Durham, NC

Mastered March 30, 2016 by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound Studios, New York, NY