Album: Kurt Elling, 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project (Concord)

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In concert he can more than look after himself but the great jazz singer Kurt Elling's career on this smooth label is getting worse. The big Brill concept doesn't work, Cahn, Cooke and Ellington not being song-factory writers.

The opening "On Broadway" is marred by would-be-hip fusion and "Shopping for Clothes" is jive-talk for squares. A fabulous "A House Is Not a Home' is the one killer, with even Carole King's "So Far Away" – a perfect choice – sinking in guitar-syrup.