"Dedicated to You": Kurt Elling in a John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman Tribute
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Kurt Elling brings Ernie Watts, Ethel, and the Laurence Hobgood Trio aboard for Dedicated to You, Elling's creative re-imagining of John Coltrane's collaboration with "romantic balladeer" Johnny Hartman.
The masterpiece 1963 recording Dedicated to You marked the only time tenor saxophonist John Coltrane ever collaborated with a vocalist, "romantic balladeer" Johnny Hartman. Hailed as "truly a musical phenomenon" by London's The Guardian, vocalist Kurt Elling now creatively re-imagines this legendary recording with Ernie Watts, one of the most versatile saxophonists on the scene today. Elling also welcomes the innovative string quartet Ethel, as well as his frequent collaborator Laurence Hobgood and his Trio. Together, these artists take a cue from Coltrane's ingenuity, layering one of the most romantic albums ever recorded with new storytelling and lush harmonies.