Review by Greg Haymes
As he’s proven over the years with area concerts from the Van Dyck to Tanglewood, Kurt Elling is one helluva jazz singer. But if you needed a reminder, he was in concert at The Egg in Albany on Sunday, and it may very well have been his best Local 518 performance yet.
Really, who else is likely to slip a song with lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Theodore Roethke (“The Waking”) in between a couple of golden oldie pop gems like Carole King’s “So Far Away” and an oh-so-dramatic deconstruction of the Drifters’ “On Broadway”?
Who else opens their show with a subtle, understated glide through “Come Fly With Me” that completely undermines Sinatra’s bold, brassy, hard-hitting signature rendition?
And who else closes their show with a bossa nova love ballad – Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Louisa” – sung in Portuguese?
Let’s not forget the Sammy Davis Jr. impersonation…