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Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane & Hartman

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2009 release from the Jazz vocalist. Recorded live at Lincoln Center, the premier vocalist of his generation salutes and re-interprets one of the greatest Jazz albums of all time: John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman. This is the album Elling fans have been waiting for! This live performance is a stunning spectrum of music, Both vocal and instrumental. Kurt Elling is the preeminent male Jazz singer today. He has earned eight Grammy nominations, the top spot placement in the Down Beat critics' and Jazz Times reader's polls, four Jazz Journalists Association wins for Best Male Vocalist and the Prix Billie Holiday from the Academe Du Jazz in Paris.
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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Jazz
  • ASIN: B00280NYVM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on July 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Many, myself included, hold the opinion that John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman's 1963 eponymous album is the greatest vocal jazz c.d. ever recorded. Based on this recording, one person who certainly agrees with that assessment is Kurt Elling. This is a loving tribute, a loving re-creation.

Is it as good? As they say in the opera world, "Aria kidding me??" No modern jazz or cabaret singer has the full, rich bass-baritone range of Johnny Hartman; and nobody can produce gut-wrenching sheets of sound, past or present, like John Coltrane.

Yet, if there is one male jazz singer who could do the album justice, it is Kurt Elling. But interestingly, he doesn't use the structure of the Coltrane/Hartman or the Coltrane Ballads albums (both of which he covers here, as the original Coltrane/Hartman album was only about 30 minutes long) as a springboard for his wild vocalese, like you might expect. Instead, with pianist Laurence Hobgood's arrangements for the "Ethel" string quartet, the c.d. takes a "classical feel," as though this is truly classical music that deserves such treatment; and the incredibly soulful Ernie Watts is on hand, to remind us all that this, after all, was Trane's music.

All of that sounds like a 4-star review. The reason for 5 is: Elling sings beautifully. As I noted in my review of 2007's wonderful "Nightmoves," he is getting more like Sinatra all of the time. I was particularly impressed by how well he was able to jump vocal registers in "Lush Life"; not many singers can do what he did here. And Hobgood and Elling have done a marvelous job in producing this c.d. It sounds wonderful, throughout.

I'm glad Kurt Elling did this tribute. I look forward to his return to the approaches he has taken on tunes such as "Tanya Jean," "Effendi," and "Hold Tight." RC
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One of the legendary jazz meetings was that between the John Coltrane Quartet and singer Johnny Hartman in 1963 for Impulse Records. It's six tracks captured an ambiance of vocal and instrumental interaction that has become iconic as a standard of a perfect session. Singer Kurt Elling, a jazz performer with a style uniquely his own - like a Mark Murphy - has released "Dedicated To You" - recorded live at the Allen Room of New York's Lincoln Center.

How flawed it would be to attempt to recreate John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman as it was originally recorded. The session was a brief meeting between a legendary musician and his long-time quartet and the literally inimitable baritone voice of Johnny Hartman. By whatever chance of felicity occasioned this session, that failed to generate much enthusiasm after its release, time has taken these classic tracks and imbued them with a musical flavor much as the with finest wine, exquisitely aged. The music only becomes better. What difficult task, then, to revisit this music and evoke the masters. Too often, tribute recordings such as this fall prey to that very fallacy, that classic recordings are just that - impossible to recreate and attempts to honor them or capture their flavor can only fall short in comparison, whether the attempt be good or marginal. So Elling must have considered this potential pitfall, yet he is no singer that would endeavor to do a cover - his style is too unique and invested of its own indomitable energy. So the project Elling undertook was to honor the album on his own terms. To that extent, the result is exquisite. It is, in many ways, a signature statement from Elling, summing up his style in a reverent yet thoroughly exciting performance.
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Kurt Elling graciously accepted his first GRAMMY yesterday for the exquisite, tasteful, and always swingin' "Dedicated to You." It's the first time since 1993 a male vocalist has taken home the golden gramaphone for Best Vocal Jazz Album. This was Kurt's ninth GRAMMY nomination and his first win -- the first of many, we hope!

If you haven't heard this album yet, you're in for a real treat. Kurt and his musical director and collaborator, Laurence Hobgood, have creatively and lovingly "re-imagined" the jazz classic that John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman recorded in 1963. Laurence's arrangements are inspired. They're joined by the great Ernie Watts on tenor, bassist Clark Sommers, drummer Ulysses Owens, and the string quartet ETHEL. "Dedicated to You" was recorded live at New York's Lincoln Center in front of a *very* appreciative audience.

We've listened to this album repeatedly since it was released last summer, and it never grows old. We keep hearing new things to delight us.

Highly recommended! Buy it for yourself. Buy it for Valentine's Day. You'll love every minute of it!
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Clearly, this singer came to play. What an awesome talent he possesses. It's all Sintara-smooth, Dino-dapper, with a touch of Connick-cool.

When I listen to Kurt Elling croon, I am instantly transported to another time and space. I am some gatsby-capped dandy deep inside this smoky nightclub of the mind, and he is the polished cat w/ slicked-back hair crooning mightily at the mic.

This is the jazz dream from way back. Only he makes this well-aged music into something fresh and brand new.

I like this sound... this vibe... this attitude of time-tunnel.

Yes... this is my first CD by this artist, but it won't be my last.

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