Kurt Elling takes this Doc Pomus gem and absolutely smokes it. With the help of bassist Clark Sommers and the whole band singing the chorus, to me he blew away Ray Charles who had a hit with the song in 1956.
Sadly the song didn’t end up on his 2012 album “1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project” that was dedicated to The Brill Building songwriters. What an elite group.
But as you can see from this 2012 New York Lincoln Center performance he has been blazing it in concerts.
1619 Broadway gained him his 11th Grammy nomination, for Best Jazz Vocal Album. He won one for 2009 “Dedicated to You” Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Elling hit the scene in the mid 90’s and immediately contributed a flaming kick-start to his career and the genre. His rich baritone vibrato with range along with the energy and style in-which he performs it once again has given jazz the class it deserves.
But make no mistake… Lonely Avenue is pure Blues.
Written by Doc Pomus (Jerome Solon Felder).
Kurt Elling – vocals, arranger, producer
Clark Sommers – bass
Laurence Hobgood – piano, arranger, producer
John McLean – guitar
Kendrick Scott – drums, congas
Joel Frahm – tenor saxophone
Ernie Watts – tenor saxophone
Tom Luer – alto, tenor saxophone
Kye Palmer – trumpet, flugelhorn