American vocalist, lyricist and songwriter Kurt Elling has signed to Edition for his new album featuring acclaimed Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Pérez. Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. Declared “the standout male vocalist of our time” by The New York Times, Elling has garnered unprecedented accolades, including sixteen times atop the DownBeat Critics Poll, fourteen GRAMMY nominations, and a dozen Jazz Journalists Association awards for “Male Singer of the Year.”
Elling’s voice is instantly recognizable, embracing listeners with his warm, rich baritone and navigating the full span of his four-octave range as a virtuoso instrumentalist and a compelling storyteller. Whether transforming timeless standards or crafting his own enthralling originals, Elling balances elegant lyricism and technical mastery with wry humor, emotional depth, and keen observations into the human condition.
His new album, due for release on 3rd April 2020 brings together a powerful message and unique collaboration, as Kurt explains:” I am thrilled to be working with Danilo so closely on this collection of songs. I am grateful to him for the remarkable energy he gave to this collaboration. As always when I am in the room with someone of such enormous talent and experience, I hope to learn all that I can about his/her appoach to music and life. I want to be challenged and to meet the unexpected. I got that and more from Danilo. In the end, I believe we enriched one another and created something valuable and new.”
“I am also very excited to announce my new partnership with Edition Records. Edition is the perfect home for this album. Edition’s fresh ideas and energy bring a vital boost at a pivotal career juncture”
“Elling combines authenticity with stunning originality,” is how The Wall Street Journal describes his talents, while The Washington Post says, “Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling.“. The Toronto Star has gone so far as to say that “Kurt Elling is the closest jazz will ever get to having its own saint,” while The Guardian makes up one voice in a chorus calling him “one of jazz’s all-time great vocalists.”
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Kurt’s new album will be released on 3rd April.