Concord Records | 2012
This recording, also Grammy nominated, honors and celebrates the locale that the London Telegraph called “the most important generator of popular songs in the Western world.” Elling’s interpretations and signature arrangements of songs like “On Broadway,” “A House Is Not A Home” nd “So Far Away” made this another unexpected step, guaranteed to further solidify his reputation for thrilling innovation and superb craftsmanship. All About Jazz declared, “Kurt Elling has few peers in the realm of male jazz vocals where sheer inventiveness and muscularity are concerned. He further establishes himself as the preeminent vocalist with the ambitious and successful 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project.“
Come Fly With Me
You Send Me
I Only Have Eyes For You
A House is Not A Home
Shopping For Clothes
So Far Away
Pleasant Valley Sunday
An American Tune
Music by Duke Ellington & Jimmy Hamilton
Lyric by Kurt Elling
Every day bleeds away when I face it without you.
Everything’s grey, and I cut away from sunshine’s rays without you.
Every song’s minor and tragic.
That’s every day that goes by without love’s magic.
I’m drowning – under the sound of the clock’s ticking.
It’s crushing all my dreams and all my little hopes of loving.
It’s a beating of beats that repeats and repeats
And it keeps me from knowing –
Some peace in the night would be quite alright with me now
It’s too much! It’s too strong!
It’s too long – breathing without seeing you;
Eating nothing, Smoking all my little cigarettes up.
My mama done told me just to come on home.
How – now?
How to go on living knowing my light is where you are?
And just then you walk through my door.
When you’re home the sky turns blue.
Everything’s a happy hue.
There’s a rainbow in your eyes,
And happiness is just a kiss away – a smile from you.
I’m just a happy pappy.
Don’t need no map! Just come closer now.
Let’s take a trip / aboard that ship.
There’s islands of love awaiting lovely lovers who venture out onto the sea
We . . . We could be famous for loving – two sweethearts just doing the thing.
Clark Kent and his Lois Lane
Roxanne for Cyrano did the same
Tarzan and his Jane – they held on ’til they could swing it
Boris and the tall Natasha
Captain Smith and Pocahontas magnetically flamed.
Girl, you send me – now apprehend me, baby:
My world’s empty when I’m without you so can’t you keep closer to me
Aaaaand – Love me, Baby!
Everything you bring makes me zing like Tigger bouncing off the walls!
Up and down the halls!
Say you’ll stay and make every day a lovers’ loving bouquet
Just so it’s clear to say: / as long as you can stay / I’ll be happy with you.
You’ll be happy too!
It’s a make or break / for heaven’s sake / ’cause there’s no faking love.
It’s a date – every day – to let love make a way
So just promise you can stay
Kurt Elling: voice
John McLean: guitar
Laurence Hobgood: piano
Clark Sommers: bass
Kendrick Scott: drums, congas
Christian McBride: voice (7)
Ernie Watts: tenor saxophone (5, 8)
Joel Frahm: tenor saxophone (4, 7)
Tom Luer: alto (11) tenor saxophone (2, 4, 11)
Kye Palmer: trumpet (11), flugelhorn (2, 4, 11)