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Guilty Pleasures (feat. Nate Smith)

by Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter

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GRAMMY award-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling builds towards his second, highly anticipated, SuperBlue album in Fall 2023 by releasing a 6-track EP 'Guilty Pleasures,' with guitarist Charlie Hunter and featuring special guest drummer Nate Smith - two musicians who are deservedly regarded as world leading players in their own right.

Bursting with his trademark charisma, energy and showmanship, ‘Guilty Pleasures’ is set to offer fans of Kurt’s debut SuperBlue album a guiltless treat with six high-octane covers (including Al Jarreau’s Boogie Down as you’ve never heard it before!). There’s an additional playfulness and looseness in these fresh recordings that is entirely compelling, but Kurt’s creative spark, intensity and flair for storytelling remains at the centre, leaving listeners wanting more and more. The great Chi-town singer and consummate entertainer continues to astonish with each and every recording.

The New York Times described Kurt as “the standout male jazz vocalist of our time”, a statement that appears more appropriate with every new release.


released February 17, 2023

Kurt Elling - Vocals
Charlie Hunter - Hybrid Guitar
Nate Smith - Drums

Produced by Kurt Elling, Charlie Hunter, & Nate Smith
Co-Produced by Bryan Farina

Recorded at Palisade Studios Chicago, IL by Anthony Gravino, 17th August 2022
Vocals Recorded at Palisade Studios Chicago, IL by Vijay Tellis- Nayak in October 2022

Mixed by Adrian Olsen at Montrose Studios Richmond, VA, November 2022

Mastered by Dave McNair Mastering on the 20th November 2022

Writer Credits:
1- Baby Hold on To Me: James Lyon & Eddie Money, Three Wise Boys Music (BMI)
2- Wrap It Up: Isaac Hayes & David Porter, Irving Music (BMI), Pronto Music (BMI)
3- Boogie Down: Al Jarreau & Michael Omartian, Al Jarreau Music (BMI) , Universal Music Corporation (ASCAP)
4- Bounce: Nate Smith, Penelope's Boudoir Music (ASCAP)
5- Sticking to My Guns: PJ Morton, Fly Nerd Music / Sony ATV (ASCAP)
6- Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap: Angus Young, Malcolm Young, & Bon Scott
Australian Music Corporation PTY LTD (APRA)


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Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. Declared “the standout male vocalist of our time” by The New York Times, Elling has garnered unprecedented accolades, including a fourteen-year run atop the DownBeat Critics Poll, as well as a dozen GRAMMY nominations ... more


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