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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, MainArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist

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A Certain Continuum
00:05:07

Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist

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Stays
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Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist

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Gratitude (For Robert Bly)
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Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist

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Stage I
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Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist

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Beloved (For Toni Morrison)
00:09:32

Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Miguel Zenon, FeaturedArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist

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Stages II, III
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Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist

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

Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist

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Rabo de Nube
00:03:20

Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist

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Esperanto
00:05:01

Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Chico Pinheiro, FeaturedArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist

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Epílogo
00:01:32

Kurt Elling, MainArtist - Danilo Perez, Producer, FeaturedArtist

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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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