ARTIST ROSTER TOUR DATES NEWS HOME

Preview of 'Secrets Are the Best Stories,' Kurt Elling's New Album with Danilo Perez

< Back

Wednesday January 22, 2020

From https://www.wbgo.org/

Psst! A Peek at ‘Secrets Are the Best Stories,’ Kurt Elling’s New Album with Danilo Perez
By: NATE CHINEN

“‘There’s a mystery,’ Kurt Elling sings softly. ‘An enigma.’

Then, gathering momentum: ‘There’s a memory oh so slight.’

His words come near the opening of ‘A Certain Continuum,’ the first single from Secrets Are The Best Stories, which Edition Records will release on April 3. For this album, Elling partnered for the first time with Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez, whose dark-hued chords sharpen the uncertainty of the lyric.

Joining this reverie, in a steady accumulation, are percussionists Román Díaz and Rocério Boccato, drummer Johnathan Blake, and bassist Clark Sommers. Their 12/8 Afro-Cuban polyrhythm creates a slow churn over which Elling continues his reflective musing. ‘Questions about love,’ he sings, ‘Are as old as everything that’s ever been / Questions linger on until the end.’”

Click here to read more