Grammy-winning vocalist Kurt Elling releases new album produced by the legendary Don Was, and featuring songs by artists including King Crimson, Herbie Hancock, The Beatles, Wayne Shorter and Stevie Wonder.
The New York Times is one of numerous publications to declare that Kurt Elling is the "standout male vocalist of our time," and The Gate, Elling's follow-up to his Grammy-winning Dedicated to You, is perhaps the finest album of his career.
Produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan), The Gate is a musical collection in which boundaries cease to exist, a sensibility enhanced by Was, who had expressed the desire to work with Elling - an opportunity which Elling found irresistible.
The Gate points Elling in a new and satisfyingly emotional direction. He has somehow found a way to make a deeply personal statement out of the music of King Crimson, Joe Jackson, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles, in addition to providing a new and vibrant understanding of Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock. The album features longtime associate Laurence Hobgood on piano, Bob Mintzer on sax, John McLean on guitar, John Patitucci on bass, two drummers, Terreon Gulley and Kobie Watkins, and percussionist Lenny Castro. "The musicians on this recording inspired me to be ... better" Elling noted.