13 Songs, 1 Hour 10 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The master saxophonist meets his vocal foil in this fruitful musical dialogue. The song selection shows that these two are at their best when they’re taking jazz to realms where it wouldn’t otherwise travel. An imaginative interpretation of Chris Whitley’s “From One Island to Another” moves from pensive to stormy, while Elling handles the bossa nova classic “Só Tinha de Ser Com Você” with such effortlessly playful poise, you’d assume Portugese was his native tongue. For all their virtuosity, the duo’s minimalistic takes on “I’m a Fool to Want You” and “Blue Velvet” affirm the disarming power of the understatement.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The master saxophonist meets his vocal foil in this fruitful musical dialogue. The song selection shows that these two are at their best when they’re taking jazz to realms where it wouldn’t otherwise travel. An imaginative interpretation of Chris Whitley’s “From One Island to Another” moves from pensive to stormy, while Elling handles the bossa nova classic “Só Tinha de Ser Com Você” with such effortlessly playful poise, you’d assume Portugese was his native tongue. For all their virtuosity, the duo’s minimalistic takes on “I’m a Fool to Want You” and “Blue Velvet” affirm the disarming power of the understatement.

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Ratings and Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Basho7 ,

BMQ with Kurt Elling - an assured classic!

That Branford has a keen ear has never been a question, and the addition of Kurt Elling was a masterstroke. Like each of the members of the quartet, Elling brings his own qualities to bear, yet blends seamlessly with the ensemble. Practical Arrangement, by Sting, was already a touching composition, in Branford's it is painfully exquisite - each listen takes an emotional toll, and is easily the finest track in this collection. I'm A Fool To Want You, a duet with Marsalis and Elling is a close runner-up.
There's so much to discover in this recording, make an appointment for yourself to listen in your easy chair and best headphones. You won't regret it.

BobRum ,

Nice blend of talents and styles

This will appeal to both Kurt Elling fans and Branford Marsalis fans. Some of the longer compositions give both artists real room to breathe and showcase their individual talents: Practical Arrangement, From One Island to Another, Long As You’re Living, and others. I am looking forward to listening to this a few more times, and I can’t wait to seem them perform together in September at MJF.

AAGHOR ,

Heavenly!

Match made in heaven. Used to see Mr. Elling in Chicago in the 90's at the Green Mill. And used to see Mr. Marsallis in other venues. Their collaboration is simply heavenly. Never thought they would get together. Thank you!

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