1619 Broadway ‒ The Brill Building Project
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||On Broadway||Kurt Elling||6:17||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Come Fly With Me||Kurt Elling||6:22||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||You Send Me||Kurt Elling||5:00||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I Only Have Eyes for You||Kurt Elling||5:42||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I'm Satisfied||Kurt Elling||2:51||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||A House Is Not a Home||Kurt Elling||7:01||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Shoppin' for Clothes||Kurt Elling||3:30||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||So Far Away||Kurt Elling||6:00||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Pleasant Valley Sunday||Kurt Elling||3:20||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||An American Tune||Kurt Elling||5:27||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Tutti for Cootie||Kurt Elling||5:23||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|BookletDigital Booklet - 1619 Broadway ‒ The Brill Building Project||Kurt Elling||--||Album Only||View In iTunes|
An American Tunebook
There's a lot to love on this album. As usual, the Laurence's arrangements are a treat. All the notes are "Right." Ballad lovers can have "I Only Have Eyes For You," "So Far Away" and "A House Is Not A Home," which has one of the most beautiful intros the guys have ever recorded. It does clock in at a good seven minutes long though, which for a slow song is an interesting arrangement choice, but that kind of reflects what happens in the live setting-a groove can inspire you to go as long as you need to go.
"Come Fly With Me" is a more sensitive rendition than they were opening shows with a few years ago, but still contains the beautiful flourish that opens it and a subdued horn arrangement. It's all and pure KE/LH (if you want a Sinatra tribute act, might I suggest the album that "Family Guy's" creator just put out.)
As I mentioned, there's a lot of 'hard swing.' "I'm Satisfied," "Tutti for Cootie" "and to an extent "On Broadway" all kind of fall into this category. It's Jazz the way people who don't listen to Jazz imagine it should be when they think of it favorably. You almost imagine Kurt in a Zoot suit listening to these-especially when you get to "Shoppin' for Clothes" which treats you to Christian McBride playing the salesman opposite Kurt (reminiscent of LIC's "Goin' to Chicago") and the line "You would never treat Pizzarelli this way." "Tutti" features Sommers talents in the intro and head, and like most of these tunes, builds into a crescendo of numbers, in and out.
As I listened I was pretty sure that the album was rising to its highest point when it recalled the Fusion/British Prog Jazz of the early seventies-"You Send Me" for example, where Kurt backs himself up in multipart harmony and the sonic pallet could apply to any number of genres. "Pleasant Valley Sunday" is the most experimental limb I've heard Kurt climb out on since "Señor Blues" but he pulls it off without alienating the rest of the work (and you get to hear Jade contribute a little there too.) "On Broadway" could be added to this set as well. Any of these would be something that Curved Air or Weather Report lovers would get into.
Paul Simon's "American Tune" is the second to the last song on the album.
And it's the most beautiful thing I've heard in ages.
This is the simplest and most powerful tune I've ever heard the boys do. On some of Laurence's albums, they approach this depth, but it's never hit quite like this. The recording is simply affective. You feel as though you're sitting in a church, just the three of you, and you're hearing exactly what all of America is through the baritone and the grand piano. This may serve to show that Simon is a songwriter but that the singing of songs is best left to Singers, that music is best left to musicians. Be careful when you get to this track. It's powerful and makes me tear up. It's the summation of everything that Kurt and Laurence have ever done together or apart in the context of someone else's song.
An Instant Classic
Kurt Elling does it again with this stunning album. His maturity shines through, the richness of his voice is captivating. The musicians swing it hard on songs like "On Broadway", then magically mesmerize with simple beauty on songs like "American Tune." This is one to put on repeat, put the headphones on, and disappear into.
This Man knows Music
Kurt Elling is amazing. You won't regret purchasing this album. "House is not a Home" is a jewel. If you're a Kurt Elling fan then i don't have much to explain. Just purchase the album now!
Born: November 2, 1967 in Chicago, IL
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s
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