Album: Kurt Elling, Dedicated to You, (Concord)

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Elling is such a knock- 'em-dead singer that you're ready to forgive him anything, even this over egged tribute to John Coltrane's sublime 1963 album.

It's a concert recording with a string quartet joining pianist Laurence Hobgood's trio, but the drummer drops bombs and guest saxophonist Ernie Watts is heavy on the vibrato. Despite this, half of the 12 songs (and there were only six on the original LP) are pretty good, with "My One and Only Love" outstanding. You can get the Coltrane online for a tenner.