1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project Image
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  • Summary: The Grammy-winning jazz singer covers songs by the songwriters who lived in the Brill Building in the '50s and '60s.
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  • Record Label: Concord
  • Genre(s): Jazz, Vocal, Post-Bop, Vocal Jazz, Contemporary Jazz Vocals, Straight-Ahead Jazz, Vocalese
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 11, 2012
    80
    Elling's individualist vocal reinterpretations are well worth hearing.
  2. Dec 11, 2012
    80
    Elling brings an enraptured frankness to You Send Me, and sings I Only Have Eyes for You in a kind of stunned daze.
  3. Mojo
    Dec 11, 2012
    80
    Only Pleasant Valley jars--the irony in Elling's voice is ladled on too heavily--but elsewhere marvel at a master at work. [Nov 2012, p.86]
  4. Dec 11, 2012
    70
    On whole, 1619 Broadway is a mixed bag. The weak links, for me, are the least interesting things that Elling has recorded. But the highlights are transcendent. Good enough to make this recording essential in many ways.
  5. Dec 11, 2012
    70
    What works best here works gorgeously.
  6. Dec 11, 2012
    70
    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.
  7. 50
    The big Brill concept doesn't work, Cahn, Cooke and Ellington not being song-factory writers.