Monday, March 14, 2011
Kurt Elling: THE GATE
Elling's latest, The Gate, keep the streak alive. Check out my full PopMatters review here.
Throughout, Hobgood's solos sparkle. Bob Mintzer contributes some color on saxophone, and the occassional guitar solo is distorted rather than clean. But the main attraction remains Kurt Elling's dramatic baritone moving confidently through songs of real quality, finding the nuance or the beauty in them, and opening up new vistas. The Gate seems as good as gets in jazz singing these days.