These titans of the tradition bravely contort the word, and lexicon to create a calisthenic moment that wiles the senses. Their cunning way with words unlock a withholding only available through a masterful pillage of lyric content.
Kurt Elling, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, and Mel Torme - all stewards that reside in a rhythmic reserve not traversed by the grammatically safe vocalist.
Feast on their genius that whirl, spin, fold, to leverage verse into a melodic, creative moment. Because of their effort, we pleasure, and appreciate more, the American Classic Songbook embedded in popular song today.