1619 Broadway: the Brill Building Project (2012) by Kurt Elling

Categories: 2012 and Music.

I am not a fan of Brill Building pop in general and not a fan of vocal jazz either. But I can at least admire this, even if it is a pretty idiosyncratic selection of “Brill Building” stuff. (I feel like just because songwriters associated with the style wrote the song, doesn’t mean the song was in the style; see for instance “Pleasant Valley Sunday”. Anyway…) Elling’s interpretations are at least interesting and even vocal jazz bugs me I can’t help but admire taking such an off-kilter approach to “On Broadway”, to pick one of the most famous songs here. Read More