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All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
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, "Esperan├ža"; 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: 1/11/2000
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724352221127
  • Catalog Number: 22211
  • Sales rank: 143,219

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kurt Elling Primary Artist, 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, Mastering
Bill Traut Direction
Kurt Elling Producer
Laurence Hobgood Producer
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
Gordon H. Jee Art Direction
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