Kurt Elling: Nature Boy
Kurt Elling (vocals)
The Messenger (Blue Note 52727)
Composed by Eden Ahbez.
Recorded: Chicago, July 1994 and December 1996; and New York, November 13, 1996
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
In an age where the category of jazz singer has become increasingly inclusive, Kurt Elling is able to walk the fine line between commercially viable male vocalist and serious jazz musician. Altogether, he sings like a horn player rather than a typical jazz vocalist and draws more from Jon Hendricks than from someone like Frank Sinatra. As the arrangement moves from silky rubato to a fast Latin grove, "Nature Boy" highlights both Elling's powerful melodic sensibility and his virtuosic scat singing. With a memorable piano solo by Hobgood, this track provides many dramatic moments that jazz lovers of all kinds will appreciate.
Reviewer: Darren Mueller
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