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Passion World

Kurt 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.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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1
The Verse
00:01:38

John Clayton, ComposerLyricist - Kurt Elling, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Dunn, Producer, Co-Producer - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Versace, Accordion, Keyboards, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - John McLean, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Sommers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Farina, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
After The Door
00:03:56

Kurt Elling, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pat Metheny, ComposerLyricist - Chris Dunn, Producer, Co-Producer - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Versace, Accordion, Keyboards, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - John McLean, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Sommers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Farina, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
Loch Tay Boat Song
00:07:03

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Kurt Elling, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Dunn, Producer, Co-Producer - Tommy Smith, Conductor, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Boulton, ComposerLyricist - Steve Hamilton, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Calum Gourlay, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Fleming, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Kershaw, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Alyn Cosker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Annie C. MacLeod, ComposerLyricist - Bryan Farina, Producer, Co-Producer - Ruiaradh Pattison, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

4
Si Te Contara
00:05:37

Francisco Torres, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kurt Elling, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Dunn, Producer, Co-Producer - Kendrick Scott, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Versace, Accordion, Keyboards, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - John McLean, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Félix Reina Altuna, ComposerLyricist - Clark Sommers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Farina, Producer, Co-Producer - James Shipp, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

5
La Vie En Rose
00:08:15

Louiguy, ComposerLyricist - Kurt Elling, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - EDITH GASSION, ComposerLyricist - Chris Dunn, Producer, Co-Producer - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Versace, Accordion, Keyboards, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - WDR Big Band Köln, Ensemble - John McLean, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - WDR Funkhausorchester, Orchestra - Clark Sommers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Farina, Producer, Co-Producer - Carolina Strassmeyer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

6
Bonita Cuba
00:06:40

Dave Siegel, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Galdston, ComposerLyricist - Kurt Elling, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Dunn, Producer, Co-Producer - Arturo Sandoval, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Friday, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - John Belzaguy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Farina, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

7
Where The Streets Have No Name
00:04:53

Kurt Elling, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sara Gazarek, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Clayton, ComposerLyricist - Dave Evans, Composer - Paul Hewson, ComposerLyricist - Chris Dunn, Producer, Co-Producer - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Versace, Accordion, Keyboards, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Mullen, Jr., ComposerLyricist - John McLean, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Sommers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Farina, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

8
The Tangled Road
00:07:19

Kurt Elling, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Dunn, Producer, Co-Producer - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Till Brönner, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Galliano, ComposerLyricist - Gary Versace, Accordion, Keyboards, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - John McLean, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Sommers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Farina, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

9
Você Já Foi à Bahia?
00:02:21

Kurt Elling, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sara Gazarek, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Dorival Caymmi, ComposerLyricist - Chris Dunn, Producer, Co-Producer - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Versace, Accordion, Keyboards, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - John McLean, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Sommers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Farina, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

10
Nicht Wandle, Mein Licht (Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 52, No. 17)
00:07:04

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Kurt Elling, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Dunn, Producer, Co-Producer - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Versace, Accordion, Keyboards, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Chastenier, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - WDR Big Band Köln, Ensemble - John McLean, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - WDR Funkhausorchester, Orchestra - Clark Sommers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Farina, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

11
Who Is It (Carry My Joy On The Left, Carry My Pain On The Right)
00:04:54

Kurt Elling, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sara Gazarek, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Dunn, Producer, Co-Producer - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Versace, Accordion, Keyboards, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Björk Guðmundsdóttir, ComposerLyricist - John McLean, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Sommers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Farina, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

12
Where Love Is
00:05:18

Kurt Elling, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Byrne, ComposerLyricist - James Joyce, ComposerLyricist - Chris Dunn, Producer, Co-Producer - Kendrick Scott, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Versace, Accordion, Keyboards, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - John McLean, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Sommers, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Farina, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

Album Description

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.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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