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The Messenger

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by Kurt Elling
 
This is one of the most interesting jazz vocal sets to be released in 1997. Kurt Elling covers a wide range of music, continually taking chances and coming up with fresh approaches. He is assisted by his longtime pianist Laurence Hopgood, different bassists and drummers, and on various tracks trumpeter Orbert Davis and the tenors of

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This is one of the most interesting jazz vocal sets to be released in 1997. Kurt Elling covers a wide range of music, continually taking chances and coming up with fresh approaches. He is assisted by his longtime pianist Laurence Hopgood, different bassists and drummers, and on various tracks trumpeter Orbert Davis and the tenors of Edward Petersen and Eddie Johnson. Among the more memorable selections are Elling's vocalese version of Dexter Gordon's solo on the lengthy "Tanya Jean," and his spontaneous storytelling on "It's Just a Thing" (a classic of its kind), some wild scatting on "Gingerbread Boy," the fairly free improvising of "Endless," and his mostly straightforward renditions of "Nature Boy," "April In Paris" and "Prelude to a Kiss." Cassandra Wilson drops by for "Time of the Season," but does not make much of an impression. This rewarding and continually intriguing set is particularly recommended to listeners who feel that jazz singing has not progressed much beyond bop.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/1997
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724385272721
catalogNumber:
52727

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kurt Elling   Primary Artist,Vocals
Cassandra Wilson   Vocals,Track Performer
Rob Amster   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Orbert Davis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Eric Hochberg   Acoustic Bass
Eddie Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Edward Petersen   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Wertico   Percussion,Drums
Laurence Hobgood   Synthesizer,Piano
Jim Widlowski   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Chris White   Composer
Colin Blunstone   Composer
Paul Atkinson   Composer
Donald Byrd   Composer
Greg Calbi   Engineer
Hugh Grundy   Composer
Roger Heiss   Engineer
Danny Kopelson   Engineer
Edward Petersen   Composer
Paul Wertico   Producer
Kurt Elling   Arranger,Producer
Laurence Hobgood   Arranger,Producer
Neil Tesser   Liner Notes

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The Messenger 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kurt Elling's performance on this set is the most colossal thing to come out of jazz since the Saxophone Colossus himself. I can't overstate how much everyone should own this album!