Kurt Elling is an American jazz vocalist, composer, lyricist and vocalese performer. He released multiple albums on Blue Note Records and has been nominated for ten Grammy Awards, winning Best Vocal Jazz Album for Dedicated to You in 2009.
He has performed and recorded with David Amram, Bob Belden, Joanne Brackeen, Oscar Brown, Jr., Billy Corgan, Orbert Davis, George Freeman, Buddy Guy, Jon Hendricks, Charlie Hunter, Randy Bachman, Bob Mintzer, Rex Richardson, and Bob Sheppard.
The Beautiful Day is much more than a seasonal production. The album follows up his eclectic 2015 album, Passion World, and arrives on the heels of his collaboration with saxophonist Branford Marsalis, 2016's Upward Spiral [MOVLP1729].
Elling applies his warm baritone to a set of thoughtfully curated traditional songs reworked in his own sophisticated, harmonically rich fashion. He has crafted an album that evokes the holiday spirit in all of its wondrous complexity.
The Beautiful Day contains a vinyl exclusive bonus track "Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring".
180 gram audiophile vinyl
Christmas album by Grammy Award winning Jazz singer
Includes vinyl only bonus track "Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring"
Side A 1. Sing A Christmas Carol 2. Wenceslaus (Image I) 3. Star Of Wonder 4. We Three Kings
Side B 1. Christmas Children 2. Wenceslaus (Image II) 3. Some Children See Him
Side C 1. Little Drummer Boy 2. Wenceslaus (Image III) 3. The Michigan Farm (Cradle Song, Op. 41/1) 4. The Snow Is Deep On The Ground / Snowfall
Side D 1. Same Old Lang Syne 2. This Christmas 3. The Beautiful Day 4. Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring* *(Vinyl Only Bonus Track)