Passion World

Passion World

by Kurt EllingKurt Elling


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Both a virtuoso and a journeyman, a traditionalist and a chance taker, singer Kurt Elling has built a career upon defying expectations while also celebrating the standards of the vocal jazz tradition. An adept vocalist with an eloquent set of skills that find him moving easily between literate, kinetic vocalese, swinging standards, and lyrical balladry, Elling draws you deep into each song. With his 11th studio album and fifth for Concord, 2015's Passion World, Elling maximizes this eclectic dynamism with a well-curated series of songs that find him exploring compositions and styles from around the globe. The album finds him working with producers Chris Dunn and Bryan Farina as well as longtime collaborators keyboardist Gary Versace, guitarist John McLean, bassist Clark Sommers, and drummer Kendrick Scott. This touring ensemble has backed Elling worldwide, and clearly shares his enthusiasm for interpreting such stylistically disparate material. Also adding to the album's cornucopia of sounds is a handful of like-minded guests including trumpeter Arturo Sandoval on the elegiac Cuban ballad "Bonita Cuba" and tenor saxophonist Tommy Smith and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra on the lyrical traditional Celtic number "Loch Tay Boat Song." Similarly, German trumpeter Till Brönner adds his soft, melodic trumpet to Richard Galliano's "Billie," reworked here as "The Tangled Road," and featuring lyrics by Elling. Also engaging is Elling's duet with vocalist Sara Gazarek on Brazilian singer/songwriter Dorival Caymmi's buoyant 1944 bossa nova classic "Você Já Foi à Bahia?" And it's not just his jazz chops on display here. Elling delivers an impeccable orchestral-backed rendition of Johannes Brahms' elegiac "Nicht Wandle, Mein Licht (Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 52, No. 17)," and even reworks U2's anthemic "Where the Streets Have No Name" with an uplifting folk and soul-jazz vibe. Ultimately, that all of Passion World works so beautifully, with each song flowing into the next, is yet another reason why Elling remains one of the premier jazz vocalists in the world.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2015
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072368415
catalogNumber: 36841
Rank: 130702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kurt Elling   Primary Artist,Vocals
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Tommy Smith   Conductor,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
WDR Big Band   Guest Appearance
Michael Abene   Conductor
Till Brönner   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Johnny Friday   Drums
Richard Galliano   Accordion,Guest Appearance
Alan Pasqua   Celeste,Guest Appearance
John McLean   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Francisco Torres   Percussion,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Frank Chastenier   Piano,Guest Appearance
Steve Hamilton   Piano
Gary Versace   Piano,Accordion,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Clark Sommers   Bass
John Belzaguy   Bass
Kendrick Scott   Drums,Vocals
Sara Gazarek   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Martin Kershaw   Clarinet
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra   Guest Appearance
Alyn Cosker   Drums
James Shipp   Percussion,Conga,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Karolina Strassmeyer   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Calum Gourlay   Bass
Bill Fleming   Bass Clarinet
Dave Siegel   Keyboards
Wdr Funkhausorchester   Guest Appearance
Ruaridh Pattison   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Johannes Brahms   Composer
Dorival Caymmi   Composer,Lyricist
Pat Metheny   Composer
Arturo Sandoval   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Björk   Composer,Lyricist
Edge   Composer
James Joyce   Composer,Lyricist
Michael Abene   Arranger
Adam Clayton   Composer
John Clayton   Composer
Chris Dunn   Producer
Phil Galdston   Composer,Lyricist
Richard Galliano   Composer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Kurt Elling   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Cover Photo
Laurence Hobgood   Arranger
John McLean   Arranger
Reinhold Nickel   Engineer
Francisco Torres   Arranger,Language Advisor
Paul Hewson   Composer
Bryan Carter   Arranger
Harold Boulton   Composer
Andrew Gilbert   Liner Notes
Florian Ross   Arranger
Lucas Schmid   Producer,Artistic Director
Traditional   Composer
John Belzaguy   Arranger
Brian Byrne   Composer
Seth Presant   Engineer
Carol Loverde   Language Advisor
Anna Maria Jopek   Language Advisor
Josh Nelson   Vocal Arrangements
Bryan Farina   Producer
Chris Allen   Engineer
Annie MacLeod   Composer
Louis Guglielmi   Composer,Lyricist
Enzo Capua   Language Advisor
Édith Giovanna Gassion   Composer,Lyricist
Ted Tuthill   Engineer
Dustin Higgins   Engineer
Christian Schmitt   Producer,Language Advisor
Catina Deluna   Language Advisor
Mark McKellen   Engineer
Jane Nelson   Vocal Arrangements
Félix Reina Altuna   Composer,Lyricist

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