Kurt Elling feat. Charlie Hunter "SuperBlue" | Umbria Jazz

Kurt Elling feat. Charlie Hunter “SuperBlue”

With his charming baritone voice, Kurt Elling is unanimously considered an interpreter and continuer of the tradition of jazz vocalism. He is flawless both with big bands (his tribute to Frank Sinatra) and smaller ensembles, starting from the duo, such as the one with Danilo Perez. “Elling has the most flexible voice around, is always […]
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With his charming baritone voice, Kurt Elling is unanimously considered an interpreter and continuer of the tradition of jazz vocalism. He is flawless both with big bands (his tribute to Frank Sinatra) and smaller ensembles, starting from the duo, such as the one with Danilo Perez. “Elling has the most flexible voice around, is always in tune and is a true jazz musician”: this is Branford Marsalis’s opinion, who worked with Elling on a recent album. The singer from Chicago is one of the key male voices of contemporary jazz, a Grammy winner, and repeatedly ranked first in the annual polls of the great specialized magazines.

He is also an artist who is always open to new experiences, as proved in his most recent album, “Superblue”, which is now presented as a live project.

Here, Elling proves to be at his ease with a more modern, energetic, and electric groove, with excursions in funk. Guitarist Charlie Hunter, who also produced the album, plays a key role in this project.

Elling again demonstrates his versatility, which led him from bebop to pure pop, progressive jazz, and neo-soul with excellent results.

Besides Hunter, a virtuoso who developed a particular technique with a seven-string and eight-string instrument, two stars of the hip-hop generation: drummer Corey Fonville and bassist-keyboardist DJ Harrison, both members of Butcher Brown.