LIVE: Kurt Elling Quartet + 1 @ Tanglewood Jazz Festival, 9/4/10

September 10th, 2010, 11:44 am by Sara

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling and Laurence Hobgood have been a team for sixteen years. In that time, Elling has given us some of the best vocal jazz in a generation, all of it backed by Hobgood’s brilliant musical direction and sterling piano work. Elling and Hobgood were a team again last weekend at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall – even when they weren’t onstage together. You see, Hobgood’s (sort of) gone into business for himself, releasing his own disc “When the Heart Dances.” Although “Heart” is a set of duets with hall of fame bassist Charlie Haden, Elling’s fellow “graduate of the Chicago philosophy of swinging” applied the music to a piano-trio format in an opening set that laid the foundation for a marvelously intimate evening.

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