Sinatra/Basie Revisited: Kurt Elling with the Count Basie Orchestra
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Davies Symphony Hall is not an appropriate venue. Actually, I can't believe that a hall so recently built could be so badly layout. I was in the top tier, couldn't see over the huge white balcony edges, the audio was terrible, and it sounded like Kurt Elling was singing off-key (maybe he was). Basie Orchestra was excellent. Kurt Elling...only so-so. I wasn't impressed with him.
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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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