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First Nighter: Kurt Elling Fools Around With Time at Birdland

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

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.

Jazzy Mandarin & The Gate's Wide Open: Conversations With Dianne Reeves and Kurt Elling

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

What happens when your elegant entertainer goes off script and speaks mandarin directly to a Chinese delegation in the White House?

Global Beat Fusion: Flutes, Pianos, and Otis Redding

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

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.