Kurt Elling at Birdland, Saturday Jan. 11th 2014

14 Jan

Kurt Elling performed two nights at Birdland last week. On Saturday night, his second and last night, he sang along with Regina Carter, who was a guest player for the occasion. Elling never stops reinventing himself, always using new themes, new melodies and now different languages for his shows – he sang in Portuguese and French for the set I attended, his last one for the week, paying tribute to bossa and Edith Piaf altogether. Elling’s show was listed among the APAP showcases of the weekend, but his concert was a full show, not just a showcase. Elling was accompanied by John McLean on electric guitar, Bryan Carter on drums, Gerarld Clayton on piano.

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