Kurt Elling
Flirting with Twilight =2LP 180g=Blue Note 75th

  2 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm     Remastered & Reissued as Part of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign    + Download

( 2001 ) -2015 Blue Note Remastered and Reissued On 180g vinyl +Download, As Part of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign = Who but Kurt Elling would open a ballads album by singing a Charlie Haden bass solo? It....

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Release date: 30-03-2015 (Originally released in 2001)

2015 Blue Note Remastered and Reissued On 180g vinyl +Download, As Part of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign =   Who but Kurt Elling would open a ballads album by singing a Charlie Haden bass solo? It's a typically ambitious move, transforming "Moonlight Serenade," Glenn Miller's perennial slow-dance favorite, into a hip, smoky ode. Elling is a distinctive vocalist, endowed with true musicianship: Listen as he sticks to his band like glue on the very slow tempo of "Lil' Darlin'." That's not easy. Laurence Hobgood, Elling's longtime musical partner, plays outstanding piano throughout and crafts subtle horn arrangements on several tracks. Bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Peter Erskine illuminate the session as well. The horn section -- trumpeter Clay Jenkins, alto saxophonist Jeff Clayton, and tenor saxophonist Bob Sheppard -- is heard to greatest effect on the closing "While You Are Mine" and the beginning of "Detour Ahead." Some of the songs, like Stephen Sondheim's "Not While I'm Around" (from Sweeney Todd), come out sounding a bit bland. But among the best is "Orange Blossoms in Summertime," based on a Curtis Lundy tune, during which Elling executes a harmonized ensemble passage with the horns and holds a climactic long note at the end. Other highlights include the bouncy 6/8 take on "Easy Living" and the drum-and-vocal opening of "I'm Through With Love." While Flirting With Twilight lacks the breadth of a record like The Messenger, it's still a worthy statement from Elling, who shows yet again that vocal jazz can be more than just easy listening.

Tracks:
A1 Moonlight Serenade
A2 Detour Ahead
A3 You Don't Know What Love Is

B1 Orange Blossoms In Summertime
B2 Not While I'm Around
B3 Early Living

C1 Lil' Darlin'
C2 I Get Along Without You Very Well
C3 Blame It On My Youth

D1 I'm Thru With Love
D2 Say It
D3 While You Are Mine
D4 Je Tire Ma Révérence

 

Musicians:
Kurt Elling (vocals)
Clay Jenkins (trumpet)
Jeff Clayton (alto saxophone)
Bob Sheppard (tenor & soprano saxophone)
Laurence Hobgood (piano)
Marc Johnson (bass)
Peter Erskine (drums)

Features:
• Remastered and reissued as part of the Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign
• Vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was, to include 100 essential Blue Note albums
• Includes special Blue Note 75 vinyl sleeve that features album cover art for 75 Blue Note titles
• First run of vinyl to include Blue Note 75th logo on back of package
• Key to the Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign is the creation of high quality audio at an affordable price
• Blue Note will celebrate their iconic artists and the history of the label with various events, digital initiatives, vinyl campaigns and m

"The prize for ingenuity on Flirting really belongs to Laurence. The side is defined by the arrangements he created — a sound he invented (or at least reinvented). It was Laurence who heard what was possible for voice, rhythm section and three horns and it was Laurence who wrote it all down." - Kurt Elling

"I still tell people that making this record may have been the experiential highlight of my career to date. The experience started with the crafting of the arrangements. Kurt and I worked totally in tandem at first; as always, I wanted to sculpt the arrangements around what he wanted to do. The three-horn configuration was new territory for us, though, presenting extra challenges not just in terms of molding everything to Kurt, but also the desire to achieve a balance between a "classic" sound and modern rhythmic and harmonic shapes.

"The results demanded, among other things, that the horn players we would use had to be both highly skilled soloists and seasoned section players; the parts are very independent and, with only three, each had to be capable of being very strong and sensitive and yielding at the same time. As we worked, we both seemed to trust the direction the arrangements were taking. By the time I was doing the last couple of arrangements Kurt was trusting enough to let me work on my own (by that time his hands were officially full with other things.)

"Then came the recording itself. What can I say? We had one of the greatest engineers who ever lived in Al Schmitt, we were in Capitol Studio One where Sinatra, Nat Cole, Streisand and many others had laid down legendary tracks. I was not only getting to play with two of my rhythm section heroes, Peter Erskine and Marc Johnson, but, to a great extent – because of the arrangements – I was directing the proceedings. It was a bit dizzying, but on a little break the first day Peter said some very supportive things — he loved the arrangements, our plan of attack, everything was cool.

"We tracked for two days with just Kurt and the trio. I may have had my hands full but it didn't escape me how great Kurt sounded. This record definitely represented the most minimal involvement on his part of anything we'd done but his soaring, gorgeous voice brought light and meaning to everything we were playing. And then, on the third day, the horns came in to lay down all of their parts in one day. We'd pre-tracked everything except the ballad medley, which had rubato sections and had to be tracked live with everybody.

"Up to this point I'd only heard the horn parts in my head and you can't know how nerve-racking it was to have to wait until that day, afraid that, even though the basic arrangements performed by the rhythm section sounded great, the added horn parts would be full of bad choices, clashing rhythms, downright mistakes and God knows what else. As the day unfolded I think it's fair to say that everyone was increasingly excited at what we were hearing. Peter and Marc graciously stayed around in case something in their parts needed attention but it never did. I'll never forget standing out in the main room, conducting the horns on "Not While I'm Around," and, looking into the control room, seeing Bill Traut with this huge grin on his face." - Laurence Hobgood


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Features:
•  Remastered and reissued as part of the Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign
•  Vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was, to include 100 essential Blue Note albums
•  Includes special Blue Note 75 vinyl sleeve that features album cover art for 75 Blue Note titles
•  First run of vinyl to include Blue Note 75th logo on back of package
•  Key to the Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign is the creation of high quality audio at an affordable price
•  All year long Blue Note will celebrate their iconic artists and the history of the label with various events, digital initiatives, vinyl campaigns and more

Two years ago, we decided to begin remastering the jewels of the Blue Note catalog in hi-def resolutions of 96k and 192k. In order to develop a guiding artistic philosophy for this delicate endeavor, we donned our lab coats, ran dozens of sonic experiments and carefully referenced every generation of our reissues. Ultimately, we decided that our goal would be to protect the original intentions of the artists, producers and engineers who made these records and that, in the case of pre-digital-era albums, these intentions were best represented by the sound and feel of their first-edition vinyl releases. Working with a team of dedicated and groovy engineers, we found a sound that both captured the feel of the original records while maintaining the depth and transparency of the master tapes... the new remasters are really cool!

While these new versions will become available in Digital Hi Def, CD and the Mastered for iTunes formats, the allure of vinyl records is WAY too potent to ignore. This year, Blue Note - along with our friends at Universal Music Enterprises - is launching a major 75th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative that is dedicated to the proposition that our catalog should be readily available at a low cost - featuring high quality pressings and authentic reproductions of Blue Note's iconic packaging. Beginning in March 2014, we'll start rolling out five remastered vinyl reissues every month. Although this program begins in celebration of Blue Note's 75th Anniversary, our catalog runs so deep that we will faithfully be reissuing five albums a month for many years to come!

—Don Was, President, Blue Note Records

Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue:

Available March 25, 2014
ART BLAKEY - FREE FOR ALL
WAYNE SHORTER - SPEAK NO EVIL
JOHN COLTRANE - BLUE TRAIN
ERIC DOLPHY - OUT TO LUNCH
LARRY YOUNG - UNITY

Available April 22, 2014
ORNETTE COLEMAN - AT THE "GOLDEN CIRCLE" STOCKHOLM, VOL. 1
HERBIE HANCOCK - MAIDEN VOYAGE
SONNY ROLLINS - A NIGHT AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
CANNONBALL ADDERLEY - SOMETHIN' ELSE
DEXTER GORDON - OUR MAN IN PARIS

Available May 27, 2014
GRANT GREEN - IDLE MOMENTS
HANK MOBLEY - SOUL STATION
MADLIB - SHADES OF BLUE
McCOY TYNER - THE REAL McCOY
HORACE SILVER - SONG FOR MY FATHER

Available June 24, 2014
Dexter Gordon - Go
Lee Morgan  - Cornbread
Bobby Hutcherson - Total Eclipse
Jimmy Smith  -Back At The Chicken Shack
Medeski Martin & Wood - Combustication

Available July 29, 2014
Kenny Burrell -    Midnight Blue
Donald Byrd - Black Byrd
Joe Henderson -    Mode For Joe
Cassandra Wilson - Traveling Miles
Kenny Dorham - Afro-Cuban

Available August 26, 2014
Lou Donaldson     Lush Life
Bud Powell     The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1
Wayne Shorter     Juju
Herbie Hancock     Speak Like A Child
Terence Blanchard     Flow

Available September 30, 2014
Kenny Drew     Undercurrent
Sonny Clark     Cool Struttin'
Stanley Turrentine     That's Where It's At
Freddie Hubbard     Ready For Freddie
Brian Blade Fellowship     Perceptual

Available October 28, 2014
Horace Silver     Horace Silver and The Jazz Messengers
The Three Sounds     Out Of This World
Dianne Reeves     I Remember
Hank Mobley     No Room For Squares
Thelonious Monk     Genius Of Modern Music, Vol. 1

Available November 25, 2014
Curtis Fuller     The Opener
Joe Lovano     Quartets: Live At The Village Vanguard
Lee Morgan     The Sidewinder
Ornette Coleman     New York Is Now
Clifford Brown     Memorial Album

Available December 30, 2014
Andrew Hill     Black Fire
Jackie McLean     Let Freedom Ring
Anthony Williams     Spring
Grant Green     Street Of Dreams
Bobby McFerrin     Spontaneous Inventions

Available January 27, 2015
Herbie Hancock     Empyrean Isles
Wayne Shorter     Adam's Apple
Art Blakey     Mosaic
Jason Moran     Soundtrack To Human Motion
Cecil Taylor     Unit Structures

Available February 24, 2015
Don Cherry     Complete Communion
Elvin Jones     The Ultimate
Robert Glasper     Double Booked
Thelonious Monk     Genius Of Modern Music, Vol. 2
Sonny Rollins     Newk's Time

Available March 24, 2015
Wayne Shorter     Night Dreamer
Freddie Hubbard     Blue Spirits
Kurt Elling     Flirting With Twilight
Grachan Moncur III     Evolution
Sonny Rollins     Vol. 1

Available April 28, 2015
Herbie Hancock     The Prisoner
Horace Silver     Cape Verdean Blues
McCoy Tyner     Time For Tyner
Joe Henderson     The State of the Tenor - Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1
Cecil Taylor     Conquistador!

Available May 26, 2015
Lee Morgan     Search For The New Land
Medeski Martin & Wood     End Of The World Party
Art Blakey     A Night A Birdland, Vol. 1
Bobby Hutcherson     Components
Grant Green     I Want To Hold Your Hand

Available June 30, 2015
Donald Byrd     A New Perspective
Cassandra Wilson     New Moon Daughter
Hank Mobley     The Turnaround
Bud Powell     The Scene Changes: The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 5
Dexter Gordon     One Flight Up

Available July 28, 2015
Miles Davis     Vol. 1
Tina Brooks     True Blue
Andrew Hill     Point Of Departure
Joe Henderson     Page One
Jackie McLean     Capuchin Swing

Available August 25, 2015
Donald Byrd     At The Half Note Café, Vol. 1
Art Blakey     A Night A Birdland, Vol. 2
Freddie Hubbard     Breaking Point!
Sonny Clark     Leapin' and Lopin'
Stefon Harris     Black Action Figure

Available September 29, 2015
Horace Silver     Blowin' The Blues Away
Miles Davis     Vol. 2
McCoy Tyner     Expansions
Art Blakey     Moanin'
John Scofield     Time On My Hands

Available October 27, 2015
Jimmy Smith     Midnight Special
Sonny Rollins     Vol. 2
Hank Mobley     Workout
Bobby Hutcherson     Happenings
Joe Lovano     Rush Hour

**Release Dates Are Subject To Change**

Discs: 2
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Extra info: Remastered & Reissued as Part of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Bonus(cd,single,download): Download
Label: Blue Note
Originally released: 2001
This release: 2015
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