JazzTimes - 6/99, p.100
"...extends the vocal tradition on his own terms, with song readings spiced with scat-ology....Musicality is on Elling's side."
Personnel: Kurt Elling (vocals); Brad Wheeler (soprano saxophone); Eddie Johnson (tenor saxophone); Johnny Frigo (violin); Laurence Hobgood (piano); Dave Onderdonk (guitar); Rob Amster (bass); Paul Wertico (drums); Michael Raynor (drums, percussion).
Recorded at Hinge, Chicago, Illinois in December 1997 and January 1998.
THIS TIME IT'S LOVE was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Kurt Elling (vocals); David Onderdonk (guitar); Johnny Frigo (violin); Brad Wheeler (saxophone, soprano saxophone); Eddie Johnson (tenor saxophone); Laurence Hobgood (piano); Michael Raynor, Paul Wertico (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Steve Weeder.
Recording information: HINGE, Chicago, IL (12/1997-01/1998).
Director: Bill Traut.
Photographer: Marc Hauser.
After taking the jazz vocal scene by storm, Kurt Elling got in a bit over his head, gaining as many critical kudos as catcalls. On his third disc, he finds a happy medium between romantic rumination and vocal experimentation. The highlight of the disc is "Freddie's Yen for Jen," a stellar jazz experience that comes pretty damn close to committing the pure emotion of love to tape. ~ Tim Sheridan