Kurt Elling’s ‘The Gate’ is a studio album produced by Don Was and released on February 7, 2011 by Concord.
Track Listing : 1.Matte Kudasai (Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin) – 04:19 . 2.Steppin’ Out (Joe Jackson) – 04:48 . 3.Come Running To Me (Herbie Hancock, Allee Willis) – 06:06 . 4.Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (Lennon And Mccartney) – 05:39 . 5.Blue In Green (Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Frank Martin) – 06:48 . 6.Samurai Cowboy (Kurt Elling, Marc Johnson) – 03:24 . 7.After The Love Has Gone (Bill Champlin, David Foster, Jay Graydon) – 05:51 . 8.Golden Lady (Stevie Wonder) – 05:47 . 9.Nighttown, Lady Bright (Elling, Don Grolnick) – 09:00
Musicians : Kurt Elling – Vocals . Terreon Gully – Drums, Percussion . John Mclean – Guitar . Bob Mintzer – Tenor Saxophone . John Patitucci – Double Bass . Laurence Hobgood – Piano, Producer . Lenny Castro – Percussion . Kobie Watkins – Drums
Production : Produced By Don Was . Seth Presant – Engineer, Mixing . Chris Allen – Engineer . Paul Blakemore – Mastering . Ted Tuthill – Assistant Engineer
Package : Chris Faust – Cover Photo . Steve Schapiro – Back Cover Photo, Inside Photo . Rachel E. Sullivan – Package Design
Recorded March 15-17, 2010.
ReleasedOn February 7, 2011 By Concord.
The phrasing of Norwegian Wood seems to be stretching too hard to distinguish itself from the originaland Stevie Wonder’s Golden Lady tends towards formulaic soul-jazz, but a dreamy Blue in Green is a tour de force. […]
The Gate is fresh but still swinging, pop but plenty-plenty jazz. It is, if you will, Kurt Elling Plus, which seems like a good value in any economy. […]
They come from different backgrounds, but each of the songs on The Gate describes a single experience or moodand Elling makes them all fizz with emotion. If life is fair, this is sure to be another Grammy winner. […]