Superblue / Kurt Elling
Label: EDITION RECORDS
After receiving his second GRAMMY Award (and his 14th nomination) in March 2021, versatile singer Kurt Elling makes an unexpected turn with SuperBlue for Edition Records. It's a torrent of boisterous funk, indelible beats and all-too-current lyrics that boasts the talents of producer/guitarist Charlie Hunter and two stars of the hip-hop generation: drummer Corey Fonville and bassist/keyboardist DJ Harrison (both of the genre-bending band Butcher Brown). Elling has always been a master of grooves, ranging from bebop to pure pop to progressive jazz to neo-soul, but never has he filled an album with grooves like this one. Thanks to Elling's new melodies and lyrics and Hunter & Co.'s fresh grooves, SuperBlue features all-new songs, innovative arrangements of compositions by jazz lions Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard, and a raw and stripped-down treatment of "The Seed," a still-dynamic, decades-old riff on immortality penned by Cody Chestnutt. There's even an impressive new version of a Tom Waits song.