The eminent male jazz vocalist turns his impressionistic style of phrasing on Passion World, a long-gestating compendium of love songs that transcend borders and linguistic barriers. Elling enlists guest violinist Regina Carter for a requisite tug on the heart-strings as he navigates the Romance languages, Esperanto, and beyond with rhapsodic flair on classics running the lovestruck gamut. The result is a universal, timeless milieu that demonstrates the true meaning of swing, in which Brahms meets Sinatra and Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" gets lost in "Norwegian Wood." With Gary Versace, Gerald Clayton, Bryan Carter, John McLean, and Clark Sommers.
Jan. 10-11, 8:30 & 11 p.m., 2014