LISTEN: Kurt Elling Covers Eddie Money

“Baby Hold On” to be released on new EP, Guilty Pleasures, out tomorrow

Kurt Elling (Image: Edition Records)

Renowned jazz singer Kurt Elling will be releasing a brand new covers EP, Guilty Pleasures, tomorrow morning.

Working with modern jazz guitar great Charlie Hunter and special guest drummer Nate Smith, Elling and company whip up six energetic covers that serves as a continuation of his funk-derived work with Hunter as SuperBlue, who will be releasing a new album themselves in the fall. 

But in the meantime, the singer is grateful to see this new EP finally hit the public.

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

Eddie Money Eddie Money, Columbia Records 1977

Rock & Roll Globe is beyond excited to premiere arguably the coolest of the six covers, a jazz rendition of Eddie Money’s 1977 hit “Baby Hold On,” today on the site.

“You know how great songs from long ago stick in your memory & sometimes bounce back from your unconscious? That’s the way it was for me with ‘Baby Hold On,'” says Elling when asked about his decision behind covering the song. “Also, I remember Eddie Money in music videos looking like some regular guy who just happened to have great hair – looking right at me & winking as if to say, ‘See kid? Get smart, play yer cards right & even you could score some slick wheels & make it to MTV some day!’”

In addition to covering Eddie Money, Elling, Hunter and Smith also take on classics from Sam & Dave (“Wrap It Up”), Al Jarreau (“Boogie Down”), PJ Morton (“Sticking to My Guns”) and AC/DC (“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”) along with new rendition of Nate Smith’s “Bounce.”

Guilty Pleasures will be released February 17th via Edition Records. 

Listen to Elling cover Eddie below. 


AUDIO: Kurt Elling “Baby Hold On”



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Ron Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Rock and Roll Globe. Reach him on Twitter @MisterTribune.

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