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Grammy winner Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists. He has won every DownBeat Critics Poll for the last fourteen years and has been named "Male Singer of the Year" by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times in that same span. Every one of Elling's ten albums has been nominated for a Grammy.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00005NNH1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Every song on this album works, and you know that he understands what he's singing.
Vic Warren
Lyrically, his ideas are strong, fresh and personal, and he's a wonderful singer, with a clear colorful baritone, tremendous breath support and uncanny pitch.
Some jazz fans like to take pot shots at Kurt and I believe it's because they are intimidated.
Diana L. Losaw

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
No musician is more vulnerable to criticism than the one whose instrument is the human voice, and no vocalist invites the public's slings and arrows more readily than the one who attempts to sing jazz. In most pop music, the expectations are low: the only criterion is an album that can be danced to or sung along with. In jazz, on the other hand, the vocal performer must convince a tiny, select audience of "know it all's" that he can hold his own with the very best instrumentalists, with whom he is always being compared.
Kurt Elling has all of the requisites for a long and memorable career: courage and determination, passion for the music along with superb musicianship and a marvelous voice. His baritone sound is crisp and clear, his falsetto equally so, and with no distracting "break" from the lower register. His intonation is inerrant, his diction pure, his breath reserves ample ("More Than You Know," with its haunting verse and extended phrases, is a tune begging for his attention).
But listening to this album, like his previous releases, is a matter of experiencing many exquisite musical and melodic moments more than the song as a whole. "Moonlight Serenade" might be taken as a touchstone to his approach. His setting lyrics to and then singing the bass solo previously recorded by Charlie Haden is a nice tribute--not simply to Haden but to Elling's taste and imagination. But finally the whole seems no more than the sum of its parts. The song itself has not taken on new life.
I wish Elling would make an album in which he forgot about comparing himself to other performers as well as about the listeners who insist on making such comparisons. It's a losing battle, and he no longer has anything to prove anyway.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Soren Dayton on October 8, 2001
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I think that the summary of this release is simple. By far the most interesting song to listen to is the only one that Elling wrote the lyrics to (Orange Blossoms in Summertime). It seems the most characteristic of Elling's work up-till-now. All the others are excellently performed, both Elling and the instrumentals. But simply not the same energy and poetry.
That aside, this is probably the best collection of jazz ballads that I've ever heard. But not exactly what I want when I rush out to get the latest release by Kurt Elling or when I drive up to the Green Mill.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "concertina78" on October 10, 2001
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Although this album is a bit of a departure from what Kurt Elling usually does, it is still a fine showcase of his talents and his incredible musicianship. There have been many recordings that have come out recently of many of the songs that Kurt sings here, such as "Blame it on My Youth", "I'm Through with Love", and "Detour Ahead". Truthfully, at first I was a bit hestitant to hear the same old songs yet again. But not surprisingly, he adds his own special and unique touch to each of these songs, making them truly his own and they stand out above the other versions.
The band that accompanies him is tight, especially on "Easy Livin", and Laurence Hobgood is wonderful as always.
The hidden song at the end of the last track is called "je tire la reverence", which was a famous Marlene Dietrich tune. And accompanied by only Marc Johnson, it is truly stunning and it is one of many shining highlights to a fantastic album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Madeline Knowlton on June 23, 2003
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Kurt Elling has wow listeners with his spellbinding vocalese lyrics, captivate audiences with his powerful stage presence, and made woman after woman (including his wife, Jennifer) swoon over his soft and sentimental ballad styles, all while making record after Grammy nominated record. So what's left for this mid thirties jazz Chicago born singer? What ever he wants. Flirting With Twilight is the latest example of Elling powerhouse abilities in the craft of subtlety. A record of ballads and nothing but ballads is what he offers up for this go around. Most of the songs are standards with few lyrical pieces from Elling's gifted pen. Why does this work. On this topic I read an interview with Elling where he pointed out that not one of these songs was more than one hundred years old and that the only limitation of the song is the cat who's performing it. Elling's Pianist, Laurence Hobgood, is, as always, along for the ride along with the typical acoustic bass and the drums, but this time there is a bit of twist. Most of the songs include a wind section of three (Alto and Tenor Saxophone and a Trumpet) which on the surface sound not unlike a typical Big Band feel from the Sinatra days, but when you listen closely you will dig the complicated dissonance of the most extreme hippness. Well if Hobgood isn't going to co-write anything he better be doing the arrangements. As a matter a fact he is responsible for all the groovy horn sound you will hear. We all knew this part was coming. What is my take on the songs presented here you ask? Well, even if you don't ask I am going to tell you. Why? Because I'm sick and tired of the negative reviews I'm seeing from people who clearly aren't hip to what this cat's puttin' down.Read more ›
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