1619 Broadway:brill Building Project CD (2012)

Artist: Kurt Elling

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Label Concord Jazz Records/umg
SKU 236369156
UPC 888072339590
UPC 14 00888072339590
Format CD
Release Date 9/25/2012
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Author Kurt Elling
Compilation Appearance Jazz Vocalists: Hear & Now
Compilation Appearance Note Of Hope:celebration Of Woody Gut
Compilation Appearance Beautiful Life
Associated Artist/Work Hobgood, Lawrence
Associated Artist/Work Laurence Hobgood Trio
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Allen; Seth Presant
Producer Chris Dunn; Darryl Pitt; Kurt Elling; Laurence Hobgood
CatalogID 7233959
Lable Name Concord
Released 09/25/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 56m : 53s
UPC 00888072339590
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Kurt Elling (vocals); John McLean (guitar); Laurence Hobgood (piano); Kendrick Scott (drums, congas).
Audio Mixer: Seth Presant.
Liner Note Author: Neil Tesser.
Recording information: Sear Sound, New York, NY (05/03/2012-05/05/2012).
Forward-thinking jazz vocalist Kurt Elling follows up his progressive 2011 covers album The Gate with his equally ambitious 2012 release, 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project. Where on his last outing, Elling drew upon an array of musical genres and time periods for his song choices, this time he focuses on the fertile pop songwriting Mecca that was the Brill Building in the '50s and '60s. The creative epicenter for much of the pop music industry on the East Coast, the Brill Building was the work place for a bevy of legendary artists and songwriters including Carole King, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and many others. On The Brill Building Project, Elling picks from a cross-section of these songwriters, running the gamut from such obvious standards as the Sammy Cahn/James Van Heusen-Frank Sinatra vehicle "Come Fly with Me," to more idiosyncratic pop/rock choices like Elling's conceptually arty doo wop-meets-beatnik comedy sketch take on the Coasters' "Shoppin' for Clothes." Generally speaking, most of the songs here are reworked by Elling and his band into various contemporary jazz styles that allow Elling plenty of room for his expansive, vocalese-influenced singing style. He even adds his own dark, socio-satirical point of view to the Monkee's already dark Gerry Goffin and Carole King-penned "Pleasant Valley Sunday," which recalls the `70s jazz-rock of Steely Dan. A few tracks, such as Duke Ellington's swinging "Tutti for Cootie" and the bluesy 1968 Lou Rawls number "I'm Satisfied," are done in a more straight-ahead, post-bop jazz style. Others cuts, like the lead-off "On Broadway" and Sam Cooke's "You Send Me," are reimagined as languid, R&B-infused arrangements. In fact, with his supple, velvet-lined voice, it is perhaps not surprising that it is the more introspective moments like Elling's afterglow ballad version of the Al Dublin/Harry Warren standard "I Only Have Eyes for You" and his atmospheric reworking of Carole King's, "So Far Away" that really stick with you. Ultimately, though, it is just this diverse stylistic quality, both in the source material and Elling's arrangements, that make The Brill Building Project one of his most interesting albums. ~ Matt Collar
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith sharp remakes of classic tunes created by the songwriting teams of New York's Brill bulding....Elling's chocolate baritone sounds sublime on 'So Far Away.'"
Disc 1
1 On Broadway
2 Come Fly With Me
3 You Send Me
4 I Only Have Eyes For You
5 I'm Satisfied
6 House is Not a Home, A
7 Shoppin' For Clothes
8 So Far Away
9 Pleasant Valley Sunday
10 American Tune, An
11 Tutti For Cootie
Product Attributes
Artist Elling,Kurt
Music Format Compact Disc

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