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Kurt Elling|SuperBlue

SuperBlue

Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter

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No-one could accuse Kurt Elling of spinning his wheels or resting on his laurels. After Secrets Are the Best Stories (2020) which he wrote with pianist Danilo Pérez around themes of human rights, immigration and climate change, the Chicago singer has released an album of... pure funk! It's a torrent of lava put together with guitarist and producer Charlie Hunter. And to flesh out this SuperBlue, the double-act brought on board drummer Corey Fonville and bassist/keyboardist DJ Harrison, both members of Butcher Brown... Whether he was juggling bebop, pop or neo-soul, Elling always had a pretty funky rhythm. Here obviously, everything gets turned up a notch with original compositions but also covers of a Wayne Shorter theme (Where to Find It) or Freddie Hubbard (Super Blue), the radio-friendly The Seed Cody Chestnutt, and Circus by Tom Waits. The originality of the project lies in the muted approach. The funk is there, real, solid. But the warm, low, nonchalant voice of the American crooner gives it a rather original form. With SuperBlue, funk comes to Kurt Elling: not vice versa. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
SuperBlue
00:04:45

Dave McNair, MasteringEngineer - Kurt Elling, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Charlie Hunter, Producer, MainArtist - Almo Music Corporation (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - DJ Harrison, CoProducer, TrackingEngineer - Painted Desert Music, MusicPublisher - Corey Fonville, CoProducer - Anthony Gravino, Mixer, TrackingEngineer - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Benard Ingher, Composer

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2
Sassy Explicit
00:04:18

Dave McNair, MasteringEngineer - Kurt Elling, Producer, MainArtist - Charlie Hunter, Producer, MainArtist - Janis Siegel, Composer - Cheryl Bentyne, Composer - Bill Bodine, Composer - DJ Harrison, CoProducer, TrackingEngineer - Corey Fonville, CoProducer - Anthony Gravino, Mixer, TrackingEngineer - Dill Dough Bean Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Morton St. Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Yikes Publishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

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3
Manic Panic Epiphanic
00:05:29

Dave McNair, MasteringEngineer - Kurt Elling, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Charlie Hunter, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - DJ Harrison, Composer, CoProducer, TrackingEngineer - Painted Desert Music, MusicPublisher - Corey Fonville, Composer, CoProducer - Anthony Gravino, Mixer, TrackingEngineer - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - CHT Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Corey Fonville (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - DJ Harrison (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

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4
Where to Find It
00:04:50

Dave McNair, MasteringEngineer - Kurt Elling, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Charlie Hunter, Producer, MainArtist - Wayne Shorter, Composer - Miyako Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - DJ Harrison, CoProducer, TrackingEngineer - Painted Desert Music, MusicPublisher - Corey Fonville, CoProducer - Anthony Gravino, Mixer, TrackingEngineer - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Chase Twichell, NonLyricAuthor - Copper Canyon Press, MusicPublisher

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5
Can't Make It with Your Brain
00:05:49

Phil Galdston, Composer - Dave McNair, MasteringEngineer - Kurt Elling, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Charlie Hunter, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - DJ Harrison, Composer, CoProducer, TrackingEngineer - Painted Desert Music, MusicPublisher - Corey Fonville, Composer, CoProducer - Anthony Gravino, Mixer, TrackingEngineer - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - CHT Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Corey Fonville (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - DJ Harrison (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Kazzoom Music Inc. (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

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6
The Seed Explicit
00:04:22

Dave McNair, MasteringEngineer - Kurt Elling, Producer, MainArtist - Charlie Hunter, Producer, MainArtist - Cody Chestnutt, Composer - DJ Harrison, CoProducer, TrackingEngineer - Corey Fonville, CoProducer - Betty Suga Pump Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Anthony Gravino, Mixer, TrackingEngineer

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7
Dharma Bums
00:05:58

Dave McNair, MasteringEngineer - Kurt Elling, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Charlie Hunter, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - DJ Harrison, Composer, CoProducer, TrackingEngineer - Painted Desert Music, MusicPublisher - Corey Fonville, Composer, CoProducer - Anthony Gravino, Mixer, TrackingEngineer - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - CHT Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Corey Fonville (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - DJ Harrison (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

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8
Circus
00:04:55

Dave McNair, MasteringEngineer - Tom Waits, Composer - Kurt Elling, Producer, MainArtist - Charlie Hunter, Producer, MainArtist - Kathleen Brennan, Composer - DJ Harrison, CoProducer, TrackingEngineer - Corey Fonville, CoProducer - Anthony Gravino, Mixer, TrackingEngineer - Jalma (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

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9
Endless Lawns
00:06:54

Dave McNair, MasteringEngineer - Kurt Elling, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Charlie Hunter, Producer, MainArtist - CARLA BLEY, Composer - DJ Harrison, CoProducer, TrackingEngineer - Painted Desert Music, MusicPublisher - Corey Fonville, CoProducer - Alrac Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Anthony Gravino, Mixer, TrackingEngineer - Judith Minty, NonLyricAuthor - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

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10
This is How We Do
00:01:16

Dave McNair, MasteringEngineer - Kurt Elling, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Charlie Hunter, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - DJ Harrison, Composer, CoProducer, TrackingEngineer - Painted Desert Music, MusicPublisher - Corey Fonville, Composer, CoProducer - Anthony Gravino, Mixer, TrackingEngineer - New Prescription Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - CHT Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Corey Fonville (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - DJ Harrison (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

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Album review

No-one could accuse Kurt Elling of spinning his wheels or resting on his laurels. After Secrets Are the Best Stories (2020) which he wrote with pianist Danilo Pérez around themes of human rights, immigration and climate change, the Chicago singer has released an album of... pure funk! It's a torrent of lava put together with guitarist and producer Charlie Hunter. And to flesh out this SuperBlue, the double-act brought on board drummer Corey Fonville and bassist/keyboardist DJ Harrison, both members of Butcher Brown... Whether he was juggling bebop, pop or neo-soul, Elling always had a pretty funky rhythm. Here obviously, everything gets turned up a notch with original compositions but also covers of a Wayne Shorter theme (Where to Find It) or Freddie Hubbard (Super Blue), the radio-friendly The Seed Cody Chestnutt, and Circus by Tom Waits. The originality of the project lies in the muted approach. The funk is there, real, solid. But the warm, low, nonchalant voice of the American crooner gives it a rather original form. With SuperBlue, funk comes to Kurt Elling: not vice versa. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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