The Beautiful Day – Kurt Elling Sings Christmas Available October 13th from Music on Viny

Grammy Award-winning artist Kurt Elling has released his acclaimed new album, The Beautiful Day, on vinyl and is available in stores October 13, 2017. It also features the vinyl only bonus track “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” featuring The Swingles.

When Kurt Elling embraced the meaning and spirit of “Christmas” in creating The Beautiful Day (OKeh), he also wanted to make a holiday album that celebrated the promise and energy of the Christmas season that affects people of all beliefs. Elling curates the sound of Christmas with a lively imagination – mixing songs that are revelations and rediscovered treats with traditional carols decked out in new arrangements.

If its vibrant pedigree is jazz, The Beautiful Day allowed Elling’s imagination to range far and wide in finding the right songs to hit what he called “a sweet spot.” Elling created the arrangements with pianist Stuart Mindeman as well his longtime collaborators, guitarist John McLean, bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Kendrick Scott.

“In the Western world, whether you’re a Christian or not, Christmas has some kind of seasonal relevance to you,” Elling said. “You can’t really escape the holiday – even if it’s just coming at you on television … For me, the holiday comes enriched with a lot of beautiful personal memories. It also comes freighted with the knowledge that millions of other people around the world carry their own such memories, and not all those memories are of happy occasions. So it was daunting to take on something with so much history and resonance. I hope that with this material I found a sweet spot.”

Included on The Beautiful Day are traditional carols – “The Little Drummer Boy” and “We Three Kings” – in striking new arrangements, as…

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