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by pljms
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 28
Views: 3108

Re: Concert choice

If I ever visit New York then I'd be obliged to go to all the famed jazz clubs otherwise what would be the point of my being there? I think the buzz of being in the city would help to sustain me through the late nights and early mornings. These days at Ronnie Scott's it's normally all done and duste...
by pljms
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 28
Views: 3108

Re: Concert choice

Yes, so it is and that makes the show a much better proposition. My days of late nights at jazz clubs are now well and truly over and getting home exhausted just before the milkman's delivery a distant memory.
by pljms
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 28
Views: 3108

Re: Concert choice

I see that Michel Legrand is returning to Ronnie Scott's in London on September 20th. This time he'll be playing with the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra and with "special guests" yet to be confirmed. Here's hoping he performs 'One At A Time'.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8SCaOuvGKJA
by pljms
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Norman Gimbel R.I.P.
Replies: 4
Views: 305

Re: Norman Gimbel R.I.P.

As Blue has indicated, some of Norman Gimbel's most famous work involved providing English lyrics to Brazilian and French songs, most notably 'The Girl From Ipanema', 'How Insensitive', 'Meditation', 'So Nice', 'I Will Wait For You' and 'Watch What Happens'. Here's the highly distinctive and immedia...
by pljms
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 207
Views: 69485

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

I went to a jazz gig the night after Hiromi's BBC Proms performance was televised last year and judging by the response of the hardened jazzers I spoke to about it I think she probably divides people roughly 50/50 into two camps, those who are completely blown away by her talent and those who think ...
by pljms
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 207
Views: 69485

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

One of my biggest regrets was missing the opportunity to see Laura Nyro live in London in the 90s, around about the time of the release of her last official studio album, 'Walk the Dog and Light the Light'. Produced by Laura with Gary Katz, Steely Dan's producer, it's a beautiful sounding record, of...
by pljms
Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 207
Views: 69485

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

I think "something lesser" is a fair summing up of Laura Nyro's albums post-hiatus. There are a few tracks on 'Nested' which hint at past glories but they're not particularly memorable and they certainly lack the passion and intensity of old. 'The Sweet Sky' is a good example, pleasant tho...
by pljms
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 207
Views: 69485

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

I think another one of Laura Nyro's classics which her original recording knocks spots off the hit version (Three Dog Night) is Eli's Comin'. Just like on Sweet Blindness, all the voices you hear on the record are Nyro's and apparently was the result of several days and nights in the studio, and sou...
by pljms
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 207
Views: 69485

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

You're right, Blair. In Michele Kort's excellent biography of Laura Nyro there's no mention of her even having visited the Brill Building let alone working there. From the off she was always someone who wrote songs for herself to sing.
by pljms
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P.—Nancy Wilson
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: R.I.P.—Nancy Wilson

Here she is singing Bacharach & David again and I'm sure not batting an eyelid over lyrics which are now considered by some to be outdated and decidedly non-PC.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0LJC0C1lO-M
by pljms
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach in the UK Summer 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Re: Bacharach in the UK Summer 2019

You're dead right, David, regarding Bacharach and David's celebrity as songwriters in the UK during the 60s. I recall that almost every time one of their songs was played on the radio, whether it was the BBC or one of the pirate stations, the DJ would drop their names or at least Bacharach's. Of cou...
by pljms
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P.—Nancy Wilson
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: R.I.P.—Nancy Wilson

Yes, Nancy Wilson was a class act. She cut a number of Bacharach classics over her long career and this particular recording from the 60s I heard for the first time only about a year ago.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fm2K-GPKBGc
by pljms
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Put Your Youtube.com Links Here! (if you want)
Replies: 1212
Views: 322306

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

A great Bacharach & David song which was a minor hit for Jackie Deshannon and which sounds like it may have been written with Gene Pitney in mind, especially the way she harmonisers with herself in the verses: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lEMOi7YGA2M 'A Lifetime Of Loneliness' would come prett...
by pljms
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach in the UK Summer 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Re: Bacharach in the UK Summer 2019

My sources say Burt doesn't like the heat of LA in July and prefers the more temperate UK, hence his annual visits for the past few years. Except that it hasn't been too temperate in July these past few summers, especially this year when we were actually hotter than LA at the time of his two concer...
by pljms
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Bacharach in the UK Summer 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Bacharach in the UK Summer 2019

The news that Bacharach is headlining The Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival in Birmingham on July 14th suggests that he'll be touring the UK again next summer with more dates to be confirmed. After the reception he received in Berlin back in July and the promise he gave to return, perhaps he's pla...

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