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Secrets Are the Best Stories

Kurt Elling

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With Secrets Are the Best Stories, Kurt Elling has made an almost-flawless record. In 2015, with Passion World the Chicago singer revisited the lied Nicht Wandle, Mein Licht by Brahms; but also numbers by U2, Pat Metheny, and Björk - not forgetting La Vie en rose and even a poem by James Joyce! Three years later, The Questions, tackles Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Mercer and a few others: in particular their social and political themes. This time around, his artistic ambition as well as his political engagement step up a notch in this album conceived with pianist Danilo Pérez around the questions of human rights, immigration and climate change. At the age of 52, Elling wrote powerful lyrics for music by Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Vince Mendoza and Pérez himself. Along with his own tales, he has also adapted works by contemporary poets Franz Wright and Robert Bly, nineteenth-century abolitionist poetess Frances E. W. Harper and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. "How shall we survive? Danilo and I share many of the same concerns and anxieties about where the world is today. Secrets Are The Best Stories is our cri de coeur.” To help them amplify this musical outcry, Elling and Pérez have assembled bassist Clark Sommers, drummer Johnathan Blake and percussionist Rogerio Boccato. Some famous guests, such as alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, guitarist Chico Pinheiro and percussionist Román Díaz, add a sober score, an impeccable setting for the voice and lyrics of Kurt Elling, who has authored a really strong work. © Max Dembo / Qobuz

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1
The Fanfold Hawk (For Franz Wright)
00:02:43

Kurt Elling, Composer, MainArtist - JACO PASTORIUS, Composer - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Mowgli Publishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

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2
A Certain Continuum
00:05:07

Kurt Elling, Composer, MainArtist - JACO PASTORIUS, Composer - Chris Allen, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Mowgli Publishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

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3
Stays
00:05:28

Kurt Elling, Composer, MainArtist - Wayne Shorter, Composer - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Miyako Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

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4
Gratitude (For Robert Bly)
00:06:21

Kurt Elling, Composer, MainArtist - Danilo Perez, Composer, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Pueblo Nuevo Perez Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

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5
Stage I
00:05:04

Toño, MusicPublisher - Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Django Bates, Composer - Sidsel Endresen, Composer - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist

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6
Beloved (For Toni Morrison)
00:09:32

Kurt Elling, Composer, MainArtist - Miguel Zenon, FeaturedArtist - Danilo Perez, Composer, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Pueblo Nuevo Perez Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

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Stages II, III
00:04:26

Toño, MusicPublisher - Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Django Bates, Composer - Sidsel Endresen, Composer - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist

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8
Song of the Rio Grande (For Oscar and Valeria Martinez-Ramirez)
00:04:56

CLAUS OGERMAN, Composer - Kurt Elling, Composer, MainArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Pueblo Nuevo Perez Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

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9
Rabo de Nube
00:03:20

Silvio Rodríguez, Composer - Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

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Esperanto
00:05:01

Vince Mendoza, Composer - Kurt Elling, Composer, MainArtist - Chico Pinheiro, FeaturedArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Suspended Music Publications (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

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Epílogo
00:01:32

Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Danilo Perez, Composer, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Pueblo Nuevo Perez Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

(C) 2020 Edition Records (P) 2020 Edition Records

Album Description

With Secrets Are the Best Stories, Kurt Elling has made an almost-flawless record. In 2015, with Passion World the Chicago singer revisited the lied Nicht Wandle, Mein Licht by Brahms; but also numbers by U2, Pat Metheny, and Björk - not forgetting La Vie en rose and even a poem by James Joyce! Three years later, The Questions, tackles Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Mercer and a few others: in particular their social and political themes. This time around, his artistic ambition as well as his political engagement step up a notch in this album conceived with pianist Danilo Pérez around the questions of human rights, immigration and climate change. At the age of 52, Elling wrote powerful lyrics for music by Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Vince Mendoza and Pérez himself. Along with his own tales, he has also adapted works by contemporary poets Franz Wright and Robert Bly, nineteenth-century abolitionist poetess Frances E. W. Harper and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. "How shall we survive? Danilo and I share many of the same concerns and anxieties about where the world is today. Secrets Are The Best Stories is our cri de coeur.” To help them amplify this musical outcry, Elling and Pérez have assembled bassist Clark Sommers, drummer Johnathan Blake and percussionist Rogerio Boccato. Some famous guests, such as alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, guitarist Chico Pinheiro and percussionist Román Díaz, add a sober score, an impeccable setting for the voice and lyrics of Kurt Elling, who has authored a really strong work. © Max Dembo / Qobuz

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