Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman

Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman

by Kurt EllingKurt Elling


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In a single three-hour session in March 1963, John Coltrane and the singer Johnny Hartman convened in a studio (along with the other members of Coltrane's legendary quintet) and recorded an album's worth of ballads that became one of the most beloved jazz vocal albums of all-time, the simply titled John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. Both of those artists are long gone but their one-off collaboration inspired singer Kurt Elling to pay tribute in a tour that has now found its way to this live album, record at the Allen Room in Lincoln Center in early 2009. Accompanied by the Laurence Hobgood Trio (Hobgood, piano and co-production, with Elling; Clark Sommers, bass; Ulysses Owens, drums), the tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts guesting on several tracks, and the Ethel string quartet, Elling performs his own takes on the six songs that comprised the original Coltrane-Hartman album, plus several others in a similar vein, most drawn from the 1962 Coltrane album Ballads (which did not include Hartman). Elling possesses one of the warmest, most romantic voices in jazz-pop today, and he is ideally suited for these standards, songs such as Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life," Sammy Cahn's "Dedicated to You," and Jimmy Van Heusen's "Nancy with the Laughing Face." All of these tunes have, of course, been interpreted by probably hundreds of other singers, but Elling's grace, command, and nuanced phrasing put him, with his expressive baritone and obvious affection for this material, well into the upper echelon. The musicians are particularly sympathetic, knowing when to use restraint and when to step out a bit, and the lushness provided by the strings juxtaposes perfectly with Watts' meaty tenor work. What makes the tribute that much more worthy is that Elling and crew (including Watts) don't attempt to re-create the Coltrane-Hartman session so much as channel its essence. "Dedicated to You" is not an echo, which would be a pointless exercise, but a beautifully realized work in its own right.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2009
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072313149
catalogNumber: 31314
Rank: 33577

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kurt Elling   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ernie Watts   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Laurence Hobgood   Piano
Dorothy Lawson   Cello,Guest Appearance
Cornelius Dufallo   Violin,Guest Appearance
Ralph Farris   Viola,Guest Appearance
Clark Sommers   Bass,Upright Bass
Mary L. Rowell   Violin,Guest Appearance
Laurence Hobgood Trio   Accompaniment
Ulysses Owens   Drums

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Bob Haggart   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Chris Dunn   Executive Producer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Phil Silvers   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
May Ann Topper   Executive Producer,Management
James Van Heusen   Composer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Kurt Elling   Producer
Laurence Hobgood   Arranger,Producer
Jim Gailloreto   Arranger
Robert Mellin   Composer
Arthur Altman   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Rob Macomber   Engineer
Scott Stauffer   Sound Design
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Bryan Farina   Engineer

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Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music of Coltrane and Hartman 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kurt is an excellent performer and this shows that off. He does have an odd sounding voice though. I can't really put my finger on it. Probably does not help being a live recording where the sound quality usually is not like a studio recording. It's a bit loud and boomy sounding overall.
ebg More than 1 year ago
"Kurt Elling sings the music of Coltrane and Hartman" is the general description of the content of the CD but once you hear it you know it is all first rate. The CD wasn't recorded in a studio, it is live at Lincoln Center. His vocals are great and vibrant. Coltrane and Hartman would love the excellent arrangements of Hobgood, and the treatment of the songs by the musicians. This "tribute" truly honors Coltrane and Hartman. The audience loved what they heard and so will you. All of the songs, singing, arrangements and playing are brilliant. If you like jazz, this is a must have album. For that matter any thing Kurt Elling sings is worth having in your jazz library.
NancianneNB More than 1 year ago
Kurt and Laurence out did themselves on this release. It is superb. The arrangements rival those of Mr. Sinatra's and the singing and Laurence's playing are top notch. I highly recommend it. Nancy "Jazz Spotlight On Sinatra"