Kurt Elling sings Al Jarreau, AC/DC and more on new covers EP

Grammy-winning vocalist Kurt Elling has announced a new release that features his covers of songs by Al Jarreau, Sam & Dave, AC/DC and more.

The Guilty Pleasures EP features guitarist Charlie Hunter and special guest drummer Nate Smith.

It’s a continuation of Elling’s SuperBlue collaboration with Charlie Hunter, the critically acclaimed album that was nominated for a Grammy Award and was listed as one of JAZZ.FM91’s top albums of 2021.

Listen to Elling’s version of Sam & Dave’s Wrap It Up below:

“I’ve been a huge Sam & Dave fan from my $1 cassette years in the used bin,” Elling says. “I wore that thing out. Now I just hope we’ve done the song the funky justice it deserves.”

The EP’s other covers include Eddie Money’s Baby Hold on to Me, Al Jarreau’s Boogie Down, PJ Morton’s Sticking to My Guns, AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, and a new rendition of Nate Smith’s Bounce.

“Charlie and I are over the moon to be able to put out some tracks with our friend Nate Smith,” says Elling. “We had one afternoon and some random song ideas going into the studio … Man! I hope we can do it again some time!”

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Here’s the track listing:

  1. Baby Hold on to Me
  2. Wrap It Up
  3. Boogie Down
  4. Bounce
  5. Sticking to My Guns
  6. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Kurt Elling’s Guilty Pleasures EP is out Feb. 17, 2023, via Edition.