Live in Chicago

Live in Chicago

by Kurt Elling
     
 

Fans of Kurt Elling have long known that his recordings, as clever and well-orchestrated as they might be, don't quite match up to the power and charm of his live performances. Years of holding court at the Green Mill and other Chicago clubs are what really have brought Elling his most devoted followers, so it is exciting to see that Blue Note's new Elling album is a… See more details below

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Fans of Kurt Elling have long known that his recordings, as clever and well-orchestrated as they might be, don't quite match up to the power and charm of his live performances. Years of holding court at the Green Mill and other Chicago clubs are what really have brought Elling his most devoted followers, so it is exciting to see that Blue Note's new Elling album is a document of three special nights spent recording at the legendary Uptown jazz club. And indeed, with a few small exceptions, the album shows off Elling at his best -- loose, uninhibited, creative, and solid. His standard backing trio has never been tighter and more balanced, and the performance of pianist (and Elling collaborator) Lawrence Hobgood really shines. Three saxophonists -- Von Freeman, Ed Petersen and Eddie Johnson -- manage to blend together in perfectly balanced harmonies, as well as command attention in solos of their own. Chicago's own Khalil El'Zabar makes a fine appearance, and a rare contribution by legendary jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks shows that he can still steal a show. The enthusiasm of the highly appreciative audience is captured, as well as more than a little evidence of the noise in the surrounding bar. The three nights of recording produced some fine versions of new and classic songs, including "Esperanto," Elling's pairing of the poetry of Pablo Neruda with the music of Vince Mendoza's jazz classic, "Esperança"; and "The Rent Party," which recalls Elling's jazz-poet days at the beginning of his career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2000
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724352221127
catalogNumber:
22211
Rank:
118342

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kurt Elling   Primary Artist,Vocals
Von Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Kahil El'Zabar   Hand Drums
Rob Amster   Strings,Acoustic Bass
Jon Hendricks   Vocals
Eddie Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Laurence Hobgood   Piano
Michael Raynor   Percussion,Drums
Ed Petersen   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Keith Jarrett   Inspirador
Pablo Neruda   Inspirador
Danny Leake   Engineer
Bill Traut   Direction
Kurt Elling   Producer
Laurence Hobgood   Producer
Neil Tesser   Liner Notes
Gordon H. Jee   Art Direction

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