Whenever I hear Kurt Elling, I'm reminded of firsts, the shock of the suddenly and compellingly new. His approach to a song is all that -- previously unexplored, unfamiliar.
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What happens when your elegant entertainer goes off script and speaks mandarin directly to a Chinese delegation in the White House?
I promised myself some time ago I'd listen to every album that comes across my desk, and I do, all twenty or so a week these days. Some I admittedly skim, others keep me tuned in.
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