Meet My Love: The Waking from the album Nightmoves, Concord Records, 2007 Performed in Jools, Holland Kurt Elling , vocalist // Rob Amster, acoustic bass
How We Met: I discovered Kurt Elling through my soul sister, Kellie. Thank you dearheart!
Getting to Know You: Kurt Elling is well known for his wide repertoire, lush baritone timbre and for being masterful at the art of vocalese; the act of adding text to the improvised solos of jazz artists. However, with “The Waking” he also shows off his songwriting versatility by creating and setting a most endearing melody to the text of Theodore Roethke’s 1953 poem (special note: the collection of poetry which included “The Waking” won Roethke the Pulitzer Prize in 1954).
Endearing Qualities: Elling gracefully demonstrates exactly what the voice is capable of when used to its fullest potential. I am often lifted up and out of whatever funk I might find myself in when I listen to this song. It is executed so well; painfully beautiful. The bass player must also be mentioned for providing such an incredible foundation of support for Kurt to sail so smoothly, well done Mr. Amster 🙂 Kurt Elling has been given a tremendous gift and I think in his hands, has become a gift to us all.
First Impressions: What do you think? Post your comments below.