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by pljms
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1161
Views: 243411

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

Agreed. There's very few classic jazz recordings of Bacharach and those that are out there tend to be of the same two or three songs. I think guitarist Grant Green's 'Wives and Lovers' is one of the best examples of a jazz musician doing justice to a Bacharach tune and it also features McCoy Tyner o...
by pljms
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1161
Views: 243411

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

Bill Evans also recorded 'Alfie'. Here he is playing it on TV in the 60s.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BlgFezYX528
by pljms
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1161
Views: 243411

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

Whenever BB talks about his jazz influences he tends to namecheck the same two musicians, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Somehow I can't imagine him not liking the playing of pianist Bill Evans. Hear what he does with just two chords - Cmaj7 and G9sus - in his mesmerising 'Peace Piece'. https:/...
by pljms
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1161
Views: 243411

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

The song that probably did more than any other to make Bacharach a household name in the UK back in the 60s was Trains And Boats And Planes, for the very good reason that his own recording of it went Top 5. When I discovered that Joannie Sommers had recorded the song back in the day I just knew it h...
by pljms
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: BB performed in a pub in SW London
Replies: 5
Views: 375

Re: BB performed in a pub in SW London

I did seem to be this site's sole representative at the gig and enjoyed it for no other reason than for the pleasure of hearing jazz musicians of the quality of pianist/arranger Geoff Castle, tenor saxophonist/flautist Kelvin Christiane and bassist Paul Morgan given plenty of solo room and really ge...
by pljms
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: BB performed in a pub in SW London
Replies: 5
Views: 375

BB performed in a pub in SW London

For those of us who are partial to a beer or three with our live music and who live in the London area, next Sunday the 15th singer Helen Theophanous is performing her 'Sings Bacharach' show at a lunchtime gig at the Bull's Head in Barnes. I can't say I know much about her other than that her song c...
by pljms
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1161
Views: 243411

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

Yes Martin, I remember watching the film 'Sky West and Crooked' on TV in the 60s and even as a child being able to recognise in its haunting, wistful theme the composer of 'Whistle Down The Wind'.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1jJ1Lq4PZ7o
by pljms
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Burt's Top 3 songs of all time(I know it's subjective)
Replies: 14
Views: 581

Re: Burt's Top 3 songs of all time(I know it's subjective)

Resisting the temptation just to trot out my personal favourites, I find it difficult not to concur with Bacharach himself when he names Alfie and A House is Not a Home as his best songs. He occasionally aIso mentions Anyone Who Had A Heart but I'd personally choose The Look of Love as my third choi...
by pljms
Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1161
Views: 243411

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

I've long thought that if Bacharach had ever written a sonata or sonatina for any given instrument the slow movement wouldn't have sounded too dissimilar to the andantino from Malcolm Arnold's sonatina for clarinet and piano from 1951. For those not in the know, Sir Malcolm Arnold was an English com...
by pljms
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 5752

Re: Some Lovers in London

Yes, how refreshing it was to hear actors who can really sing and do justice to the songs. All four of them had their big numbers and they all harmonised impressively too. Highlights for me were Ben Richards and 'A Thousand Things That Were You', and the remarkably plaintive way he repeatedly sang t...
by pljms
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 5752

Re: Some Lovers in London

Talking of Andrew Lloyd Webber, he attended the show last Thursday evening as did Steven Sater, who I gather was in London throughout the show's short run. As for BB, he was a No-Show-Jones. Incidentally, ALW just happens to own The Other Palace Theatre.
by pljms
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 5752

Re: Some Lovers in London

I saw the show for a second time last night and all the songs that were unfamiliar to me the first time made a much greater impression this time round, especially the opening number which has a gorgeous jazzy chord sequence to go with the ear-catching lyrics. The show's other recent addition would a...
by pljms
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 5752

Re: Some Lovers in London

Molly Aren't We? Some Lovers Aren't We?/Another Start Love Me For An Hour Living With the Ghost A Hit For You Window Shoppin' & Dreamin' Dreams The Only Music I Understand The Girl Who Sang My Songs Hold Me A Thousand Things That Were You Welcome To My World Ready to be Done With You Every Other...
by pljms
Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 5752

Re: Some Lovers in London

Lasting barely 90 minutes with just two characters played by a cast of four and with minimal set changes, Some Lovers is just too small-scale to be anything more than a off-off Broadway/London Fringe show. The songs that we've got to know mostly via YouTube sound terrific in the show, helped by the ...
by pljms
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Some Lovers in London
Replies: 42
Views: 5752

Re: Some Lovers in London

Martin Johnson wrote:I've only just discovered 'Welcome to My World' from the show and it impressed on first hearing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azMP2Vy0Raw


Thanks Martin, that's new to me as well and the more I hear of the score the more I like it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KBOYVjW4aI

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