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First Listen: Kurt Elling - You Send Me

Thursday, 20 September 2012 11:14

Every Friday, Brad Barker goes through the pile of CD’s on his desk and his hard drive to find a brand new song to play for you.  It’s called your “First Listen”

The London Telegraph labeled it “the most important generator of popular songs in the western world”.   Its address,  is 1619 Broadway, The Brill Building and this time Kurt Elling turns his voice and inspiration to this creative home of great tunes.

Having done so many projects  about his love for Chicago, Elling  wanted to turn his efforts toward  something that celebrated his love of New York as well.  After all, he and his family have lived there for the last 5 years.    Elling says,   "I didn't want to cover any of the New York songwriters jazz people usually go to: the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, all of whom I love; I wanted to reach out for something different for jazz. The vast collection of songs coming out of The Brill Building seemed like a gold mine”

After all,  the writing inhabitants of the Brill building during the mid 30’s right up until the early 70’s, in the heart of Manhattan,  formulated some of the most famous pop songs we’ve ever heard.   The Brill Building sound .   Elling along with pop song guru and educator Phil Galdston began with a couple hundred choice tunes and eventually widdled it down to what we hear on the album.     Carole Kings “So Far Away”, a rather dramatic take of  “On Broadway”  and “Come Fly With Me” …  

and this R & B jazz tinged version of Sam Cooke’s  “ You Send Me “

Take a listen to our first listen this week from Kurt Elling’s “1619 Broadway The Brill Building Project”.  For more info visit

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