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by Martin Johnson
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 1606

Re: Hiromi in the UK

I think Carmen McRae's recording of 'Alfie' is pretty stunning and I just love her phrasing. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5ozYKIWfRpQ I'm aware of two further Bacharach covers by Carmen McRae, The Look Of Love and Close To You, but I don't think either is up to the standard of her recording of Alf...
by Martin Johnson
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 1606

Re: Hiromi in the UK

Renee is great! But don`t miss Hiromi. I once had reservations for a performance by Carmen McRae -the only singer I ever really loved -at the (then-new) Blue Note. Something that I can`t recall caused me to miss the gig and she died not long after. Here`s a great show of the kind I missed: https://...
by Martin Johnson
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 1606

Re: Hiromi in the UK

I don't know about Hiromi in Manchester but if I was based in New York I'd definitely descend upon the Village Vanguard this week to see the Renee Rosnes Quartet. She's been a favourite jazz pianist of mine for years and I've been lucky enough to see her perform live twice, once in London at the Fes...
by Martin Johnson
Fri May 31, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1224
Views: 374059

Re: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)

I never thought much of Another Tear Falls until I heard Gene MacDaniels' riveting performance of the song. Hearing it again now courtesy of this thread made me think of another Bacharach and David song he recorded, this one a real rarity from 1959 and one with interesting enough chord changes to in...
by Martin Johnson
Fri May 31, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: JW - Slipcover
Replies: 14
Views: 1156

Re: JW - Slipcover

Whenever I hear Jimmy Webb himself performing Wichita Lineman or any one of the dozens of cover versions it really can sound like "just another song" and it was Glen Campbell and his producer/arranger Al De Lory on the original recording who supplied the magic and have given the song its l...
by Martin Johnson
Sun May 19, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: JW - Slipcover
Replies: 14
Views: 1156

Re: JW - Slipcover

Webb has just commented on the album on his Twitter page. The line, "These rock star composers are the Gershwins of our time", might raise the odd eyebrow or two!

https://mobile.twitter.com/realjimmyweb ... gr%5Etweet
by Martin Johnson
Tue May 14, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P.—Doris Day
Replies: 9
Views: 961

Re: R.I.P.—Doris Day

Doris Day was a uniquely talented lady, a great singer and a terrific actress with a tremendous flair for comedy. Every time I hear 'Send Me No Flowers' I wonder how such an attractive song could completely fail to be a hit and, even more puzzlingly, why it remains little known to this day. It's a ...
by Martin Johnson
Sun May 12, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Bacharach/Costello Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 1712

Re: New Bacharach/Costello Composition

Lyrically it sounds like a woman's song to a man which suggests it was written for the Painted From Memory musical. The credits reveal that musically it's a co-composition and my guess is that Elvis Costello was responsible for the bridge and Bacharach the rest of the song.
by Martin Johnson
Fri May 03, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 1606

Re: Hiromi in the UK

I saw Yuja Wang at the BBC Proms last year and she seemed to revel in having the audience literally a few feet away. She can play the lighter repertoire very convincingly but seems to come in to her own with the more percussive and technically demanding pieces, Prokofiev being an obvious favourite c...
by Martin Johnson
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 18
Views: 1606

Re: Hiromi in the UK

I've seen and heard enough of her on YouTube and on TV to know that she's worth a visit to the 'frozen north'.
by Martin Johnson
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Les Reed 1935 - 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 1612

Re: Les Reed 1935 - 2019

I remember back in the early 70s my dad had an album by Les Reed featuring him as arranger, conductor and pianist in instrumental versions of his hit songs. Alongside the hits were a few upbeat and insanely catchy tunes that got used as themes on radio and TV. Listening to this again now after more ...
by Martin Johnson
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song
Replies: 11
Views: 1893

Re: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song

Re the piano covers album, I've seen the track list and it seems that all his songwriting heroes are represented except Bacharach. So we have The Long And Winding Road, God Only Knows, Old Friends, A Case Of You, All In Love Is Fair, Moonlight Mile (Jagger & Richards), Accidentally Like A Martyr...
by Martin Johnson
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Bacharach/Costello Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 1712

Re: New Bacharach/Costello Composition

With his adopted name I suppose it's obvious that Elvis Costello must be a fan of "The King of Rock and Roll". However, with Bacharach's involvement I can't imagine for one moment that their song will bear much resemblance to this rockabilly classic on the same subject of "playing hou...
by Martin Johnson
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Swing out Sister new cd
Replies: 55
Views: 22343

Re: Swing out Sister new cd

I had the Filth And Dreams album but somehow lost it in a house move a few years ago and to get it again it looks like I'll have to pay the earth. Just about the only song from the album to establish any kind of foothold in their live shows is 'Who's Been Sleeping' which has a very Bacharachesque c...
by Martin Johnson
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Scott Walker 1943 - 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 1360

Re: Scott Walker 1943 - 2019

Not many pop idols end up being considered an avant-garde composer and to go from 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' to this must have been some journey through the long dark night of the soul:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3XhBhAdbu3I

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