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Format: CD
Sku: 236369156
UPC: 888072339590
UPC 14: 00888072339590
Release Date: 9/25/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. On Broadway ~ Kurt Elling
2. Come Fly With Me ~ Kurt Elling
3. You Send Me ~ Kurt Elling
4. I Only Have Eyes For You ~ Kurt Elling
5. I'm Satisfied ~ Kurt Elling
6. House is Not a Home, A ~ Kurt Elling
7. Shoppin' For Clothes ~ Kurt Elling
8. So Far Away ~ Kurt Elling
9. Pleasant Valley Sunday ~ Kurt Elling
10. American Tune, An ~ Kurt Elling
11. Tutti For Cootie ~ Kurt Elling
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Kurt Elling (vocals); John McLean (guitar); Laurence Hobgood (piano); Kendrick Scott (drums, congas).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Seth Presant.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Neil Tesser.
Muze PNote Recording information: Sear Sound, New York, NY (05/03/2012-05/05/2012).
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Chris Dunn; Darryl Pitt; Kurt Elling; Laurence Hobgood

Engineer: Chris Allen; Seth Presant

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Old School:new Lessons
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Muze Music Compilations Note Of Hope:celebration Of Woody Gut

Associated Artists and Works

When the Heart Dances ~ Hobgood, Lawrence
Laurence Hobgood Trio

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/25/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7233959
Music Label Name Label : Concord
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00888072339590

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.'"

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Elling,Kurt
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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