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Man In The Air

Kurt Elling Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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1. Minuano
2. In The Winelight
3. Resolution
4. Time To Say Goodbye
5. The Uncertainty Of The Poet
6. The More I Have You
7. Man In The Air
8. A Secret I
9. Higher Vibe
10. Hidden Jewel
11. Never My Love
12. All Is Quiet

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Man In The Air marque un changement de direction dans la carrière de Kurt Elling. Le chanteur ne se contente plus de plaquer des mots sur de grands solos de jazz. Il écrit des histoires, des textes qui collent aux musiques qu'il aime et chante leurs mélodies. Dans le même temps, Elling adopte un chant moins technique afin de rendre sa voix plus naturelle et la rapprocher des mots qu'il invente et qu'il rythme. Si sa reprise de "Minuano" de Pat Metheny apparaît comme un tour de force, d'autres titres empruntés à John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock et Joe Zawinul, plus étoffés sur un plan orchestral, semblent mieux réussis. Car la voix d'Elling, une belle et claire voix de ténor, s'exprime un peu trop dans le même registre. Elling l'a bien compris et accorde plus de place aux musiciens qui l'entourent. Outre le fidèle Laurence Hobgood au piano et au Fender Rhodes, le saxophone soprano de Jim Gailloreto confère une couleur particulièrement bienvenue à la musique, tout comme le vibraphone de Stefon Harris dont l'élégance profite à l'ensemble de l'album, l'un des meilleurs d'Elling à ce jour. --Pierre de Chocqueuse

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5.0 out of 5 stars Man In The Air Aug. 7 2009
Format:Audio CD
The Best of Elling....his covers are smooth as syrup.

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3.0 out of 5 stars hot and cold July 7 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Sounds good often, but man, if you want to tell me about how it feels to find God, you have to balence the message with a much hipper tone than is happening here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical stuff, bold statement May 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
Kurt Elling's become a bit of a critics' darling. I've been wary of him due to my afrocentric aesthetics and my general aversion from vocalists [Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan the principal exceptions].
Yet I was in Karibu books in Bowie, MD and I heard the track "Resolution" from this CD. I was immediately taken with Kurt's art, and I am in the process of acquiring all of his other CDs. "Man In the Air" was the first one I purchased and I was blown away.
Kurt is an amazing musician first and foremost. He has dead on pitch and the chops to tackle tricky intervals and demanding material. He sings Coltrane's solo to "Resolution" and adds a fresh slant to a classic 'Trane solo. There are countless other beautiful moments on this CD. "Winelight" is a gentle nod at the classic version by Grover Washington. "Time To say Goodbye" is a tender rendition of the Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius classic. "Hidden Jewel" is an ecletic choice of a cover; it's a tune by Bobby Watson.
Kurt Elling is a capable postmodern jazz musician who uses his chops to tackle the repertoire while staying personal and true to himself.
What vaulted this album to 5 star status for me, however, is the romantic, inclusive spirituality of this album. Minuano is a multilayered tale of a woman's longing for a lover?/God?/guru?. And Elling's lyrics to Resolution become a call to praise and worship all gods. Not all listeners will appreciate explicit spiritual expression with their jazz, but I find this to be a risky genuine expression of a musician who is willing to show us his core.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Problematic Feb. 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
This Time It's Love was KE's best album to date because it showcased him as a great singer of songs, and cut back on the corny side of jazz-hands vocalese nonsense that is unbearable to these ears.
The butchering of Trane is somewhat lessened by the fact that it is a monstrous undertaking to learn how to sing that music, and to do it well. But one may wonder what the point of this type of recreationist interpretation is, especially given that Kurt is prone to denigrate far better musicians than himself, ie Wynton, for allegedly raping the past.
At any rate, Elling is about the best there is in male jazz vocalists, and I hope he learns to refine his tastes to better musical choices, and hopefully, finally, a new piano player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth operator Kurt gets it right! Jan. 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
It took me two seconds to feel the magic of this album. My friends at Govenors State gave me sh-t about praising this record cause it wasn't like his previous one. F-ck em! This record has got to be the best jazz album out there right now, no question. Lyrics are tight, melodies are great, and its on heavy rotation in my Camero. No wonder it has been nominated for a GRAMMY AWARD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Fan Nov. 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
I had heard of Kurt Elling, but never actually HEARD him. Happened to run into a song by him on internet radio. Was blown away by his phrasing, smoothness. The next day, I went to my local store & found just this sole CD, not even knowing that it was new. Nor did I wonder if it contained the 1 song I had heard. It din't matter. But as I fought to unwrap the packaging, I told myself: "this better be worth buying unheard". The very 1st cut started a little slow (for me), but picked up 1/2 way through. The rest of the CD left me hungering for more. Where have I been all my life??
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kurt's best. Sept. 25 2003
By Dale
Format:Audio CD
The only thing I would say is missing is a little more "swing" stuff; other than that, it's Kurt's best. And that's saying a lot when you consider his previous recordings. "Man In The Air" is very insightful, spiritual, and (as usual) bears Kurt's romantic side. His lyrical ability is almost flawless (I'm not sure if "Minuano" lyrically states what the original instrumental composer conveyed). Lawrence Hobgood may be the most underrated Jazz pianist out there. A must-have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work from a Great Artist Sept. 20 2003
By Julian
Format:Audio CD
Beautiful work. Musically much better than 'Twilight' (though I think 'Twilight' is better lyrically) Standouts are 'Minuano', In the Winelight, 'Time to Say Goodbye'(unbelievably beautiful lyric), and 'Man In the Air'. Kurt continues to go from strength to strength.
I find that some people who have listened to 'Live in Chicago' are not too keen initially on 'Flirting With Twilight' and 'Man In The Air'. 'Live in Chicago' has an energy that gives it a crossover appeal, but jazz lovers will appreciate that different albums have different moods and energies. Sit and listen to each album on it's own merit and you will appreciate what Kurt has done. He's not an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" artist. Kurt constantly raises the bar. Let's hope he never rests on his laurels like other artists have.
Just want to say that, even in the Caribbean, Kurt has fans. I saw him a few years back on 'BET on Jazz'. Five minutes of listening, and I was hooked. I'm hoping that he will eventually be invited to the Barbados Jazz Festival, but failing that...I think I'll have to find my way up to Chicago to hear him live.
Yes, for me, he's THAT good!
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