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by Blair N. Cummings
Sun May 19, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: JW - Slipcover
Replies: 10
Views: 416

Re: JW - Slipcover

I think JW may once again be raising the odd glass or two. Surely, he knows (or once knew) better than to equate the Gershwins, Kern, Porter, Rogers and Hart et. al. with the minor talents of those represented on this instantly disposable album.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat May 18, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: JW - Slipcover
Replies: 10
Views: 416

Re: JW - Slipcover

JW announced over a year ago that he was going to make solo piano albums. In the works are those featuring Irish folk songs and Baptist hymns. Just who he expects to be interested in these projects is beyond my comprehension. He has also stated that he plans to release an album of "the best son...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri May 17, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: JW - Slipcover
Replies: 10
Views: 416

JW - Slipcover

If you have absolutely nothing else to do, you can listen to this on Spotify.
My response is as I suspected it would be: Why? Just, why?
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu May 16, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P.—Doris Day
Replies: 9
Views: 449

Re: R.I.P.—Doris Day

Nietzche also released an album of his classical compositions called St. Giles Cripplegate recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra in `71. Needless to say, it went out of print while copies were still being shipped to the distributors; but give it a listen. It`s better than you think it`s going ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun May 12, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P.—Peggy Lipton
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: R.I.P.—Peggy Lipton

A beautiful woman and an under-rated talent gone too soon.
I last saw her nearly thirty years ago in a small role for David Lynch`s television series, Twin Peaks.
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri May 10, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Bacharach/Costello Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 1136

Re: New Bacharach/Costello Composition

Have I seen too many horror movies or does the positioning of the title on the cover art make it seem like the lips have been sewn together?
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri May 10, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Bacharach/Costello Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 1136

Re: New Bacharach/Costello Composition

This is fully the equal of anything on PFM and much of his `60s work.
Many thanks .
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat May 04, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 12
Views: 727

Re: Hiromi in the UK

Hiromi playing Schumann at age fifteen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKP9AJeewG4
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu May 02, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 12
Views: 727

Re: Hiromi in the UK

Stunning!
But, if they`d tried, couldn`t the promoters have found a venue that kept the audience at an even greater distance? Although it must not have been, it looks as if it was an acoustical nightmare, too.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi in the UK
Replies: 12
Views: 727

Hiromi in the UK

The great jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara is playing one night only, November 1 at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
If you`ve never seen her, don`t miss out.
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song
Replies: 11
Views: 1309

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

Sorry I got the album title wrong. I haven`t heard it since...well, `74.
As a pianist, JW is a superb accompanist. As a soloist he ranges from the ornate to the outright florid.
For many reasons, I have no intention of listening to this album.
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song
Replies: 11
Views: 1309

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

If I`m not mistaken, "Marie" is from Randy Newman`s `74 album, Rednecks.
I could spew immoderately for hours over this absurd project, but I won`t.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Bacharach/Costello Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 1136

Re: New Bacharach/Costello Composition

It would have to be more than "jolly good" for me to buy a turntable and speakers for the first time in thirty-five years. This is the sort of niche-marketing that pissed me off decades ago when someone would issue a new song (performed live and recorded in mono) on the B-Side of a single ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song
Replies: 11
Views: 1309

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

The up-tempo version of this song was debuted at a music festival in (I seem to recall) Ireland. I don`t remember the name of the guy who sang it but I don`t think it was Ball.
Unfortunately, the old Webb forum has been "disappeared" or I could track this down.
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: UK No.1 album contains new Jimmy Webb song
Replies: 11
Views: 1309

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

I heard an earlier rehearsal demo of this song some time last year. It was then arranged as a L. I. bar band rocker. It wasn`t any better, but it was very different. I also question whether this is really new or just previously unheard. JW has announced that his next album will be just piano covers ...

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