Sinatra/Basie Revisited: Kurt Elling with the Count Basie Orchestra
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Natalie Dessay is one of the world's most renowned sopranos, performing at the world's premier opera houses for more than two decades until her retirement from the operatic stage in 2013. A six time winner of the Victoires de la Musique, France's premier annual music awards, she also won a Laurence Olivier Award in 2008 for her work on the London stage. A brilliant and passionate singer, Dessay is known for her interpretations of German lieder and French songs, which she'll perform at Davies Symphony Hall accompanied by pianist Phillipe Cassard. The evening's program features music by Clara Schumann, Brahms and Poulenc, as well as Richard Strauss, Duparc, Fauré, and Debussy. Learn More
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I loved, Loved, LOVED the Count Basie Orchestra! Wow! They were simply magnificent. They get the 3 stars!
Kurt Elling -- Was he drunk? He was definitely full of himself, but wondering what else he might have been full of as well - it wasn't personality that's for sure. He didn't know the words to a couple songs, so much so that at one point he was singing while looking down and flipping through papers.
He just didn't seem to want to even be there. And when he did, it felt as if his attitude was like "Ah, you all should be grateful you're in my Grammy-award winning presence".
Complete and utter disappointment was Kurt Elling. And I was so looking forward to seeing him.
Note: Being in the second tier for a vocal performance @ Davies is not the best b/c you can't really hear what people say on the stage if they are low-talkers - even talking into the mic.
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Good but not great. The Basie Band played the whole first hour. I thought it was too much. Kurt has a very nice voice but I wanted a little more punch in his delivery. But he is not Sinatra and with that in mind, he does a nice job.
Widely hailed as the greatest jazz vocalist of his generation, Kurt Elling has just won a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Jazz Album. At SFJAZZ, he teams up with the Count Basie Orchestra to celebrate the music that the famed big band crafted with Frank Sinatra in the early ‘60s. Sinatra possessed the grace and skill to navigate charts that blew most vocalists out of the water. The Basie band’s streamlined sense of swing fit Sinatra so perfectly that he described the sensation of performing with them as akin to just leaning back and riding the crest of a wave. Elling, an educator and scholar as well as an entertainer, has every bit of Sinatra’s firepower and will no doubt do some surfing of his own in this once-in-a-lifetime matchup, which will employ the original charts Quincy Jones arranged for the Basie/Sinatra collaboration. And expect the Basie Orchestra to open up the night with some of their best classic repertoire.
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