The Gate (Kurt Elling album)

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The Gate
Kurt Elling The Gate.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 7, 2011
RecordedMarch 15-17, 2010
GenreVocal jazz
ProducerDon Was
Kurt Elling chronology
Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman
The Gate
1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project

The Gate is a 2011 studio album by Kurt Elling, produced by Don Was.[1] on November 30th 2011, the album received a Nomination in 54th Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album four stars, and described Elling as a "modern jazz visionary". Jurek said "The Gate presents Elling at the top of his game; it is a song cycle that is mesmerizing and mysterious as it is provocative and compelling."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Matte Kudasai" (Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin) - 4:19
  2. "Steppin' Out" (Joe Jackson) - 4:48
  3. "Come Running to Me" (Herbie Hancock, Allee Willis) - 6:06
  4. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" (Lennon and McCartney) - 5:39
  5. "Blue in Green" (Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Frank Martin) - 6:48
  6. "Samurai Cowboy" (Marc Johnson, Kurt Elling) - 3:24
  7. "After the Love Has Gone" (Bill Champlin, David Foster, Jay Graydon) - 5:51
  8. "Golden Lady" (Stevie Wonder) - 5:47
  9. "Nighttown, Lady Bright" (Don Grolnick, Elling) - 9:00


  • Don Was - producer
  • Kurt Elling, Laurence Hobgood - co-producers
  • Chris Dunn - executive producer
  • Bob Belden - arranger?
  • Chris Allen - engineer
  • Ted Tuthill - assistant engineer
  • Seth Presant - mixing engineer
  • Paul Blakemore - mastering
  • Mary Hogan - A&R
  • Rachel E. Sullivan - package design
  • Chris Faust - cover photo
  • Steve Schapiro - back cover photo, inside photo


  1. ^ a b c "The Gate". Allmusic. Retrieved February 27, 2011.