Monthly Archives: September 2012

Kurt Elling – 1619 Broadway -The Brill Building Project

(Concord Jazz)

Chicago’s native son Kurt Elling pays tribute to New York, the city he’s called home for the past 4 years, on his latest recording 1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project ,yet another spectacular outing for the Grammy-winning singer. The music, like the album’s title, is derived from the landmark structure which gave birth to so many of contemporary music’s noted songs, performers and composers, including Carole King, Sam Cooke, Paul Simon, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, whose work is at the heart of this project. Once again, Elling teams with his longtime pianist and arranging genius Laurence Hobgood to create brilliant new variations on iconic tunes. Elling’s serious vocal excellence is there, but so too are some playful bits that showcase the more humorous side of the singer’s persona. This recording reminds us again why Elling remains among the most highly-regarded vocalists of his generation, simply by maintaining the integrity and standards we’ve come to expect in his work.

Click here to listen to a clip of “You Send Me”.

Tracks: On Broadway, Come Fly With Me, You Send Me, I Only Have Eyes For You, I’m Satisfied, A House Is Not A Home, Shoppin’ For Clothes, So Far Away, Pleasant Valley Sunday, American Tune, Tutti For Cootie.


Amikaeyla – Being In Love


Vocalist Amikaeyla new release, Being In Love, is a simply gorgeous record that only gets better with each song. The singer’s vocals are resonant and thoroughly captivating, and the song arrangements are likewise fantastic.The musical menu is compromised of 4 original compositions and six beautifully-crafted covers of classic tunes. To make matters even better, the production benefits from a massive lineup of talent, which includes Trio Globo members Howard Levy on harmonica, pianist and pennywhistle, Eugene Friesen on cello and Glen Velez on percussion. Also contributing to this project are the talents of bassist Esperanza Spalding, percussionists Sheila E, her brother, Peter Michael Escovedo, John Santos and Michael Spiro, along with guitarists Ray Obiedo (who co-produced the effort) Jason McGuire and Theresa Perez. Additional vocalists on the recording on the project include Linda Tillery, Kimiko Joy, Sharon Henderson and Helen Gray. Amikaeyla paints emotion beautifully with her voice on this truly outstanding effort.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Dreamer”.

Tracks: Dreamer, Lovely Day, Better Than Anything, Midnight, Abre Mi Corazon, Parana é/ Taking It To The Street, Hambone, I Know You By Heart, Say Yes, Being In Love (Lakemé) .