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by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 29
Views: 3117

Re: Concert choice

To hit all of the "famed" jazz clubs in the City can now be accomplished in a single night at the Vanguard. The others, whose names you`ve seen on the back of old vinyl album covers, long ago receded into history. The Blue Note is one of those excruciatingly "hip" venues I would ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 29
Views: 3117

Re: Concert choice

As we used to say in a bygone era, "I can relate..." In my 20s, I could (and did) see Dizzy Gillespie, Archie Shepp, Benny Bailey, Johnny Griffin, Sun Ra and band (and on and on) in Venues like the Village Vanguard where, for a cover of $5.00 or so (including a free drink), you could stay ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Runner up for Best Brill Building dream team?
Replies: 1
Views: 102

Re: Runner up for Best Brill Building dream team?

Well, Lieber/Stoller; Greenwich/Barry; Mann/Well; King/Goffin all are contenders who could jostle for second place. Their job was to combine the form of the traditional American pop song with the nascent rock and roll sensibility to snag the new teen market for singles. At this they all succeeded. T...
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Could Laura Nyro have bested Bacharach???
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Re: Could Laura Nyro have bested Bacharach???

In a word, no. She had an unquestionable gift for melody that actually strengthened with the decline of her verbal inventiveness. Of course, it was that very personal lyric style that limited her number of commercial successes. Face it, "Timer" (always a favorite of mine) was never going t...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 207
Views: 69514

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

I`m gratified to note that Hiromi`s coming gigs (at least, that at the Blue Note) are solo performances. For too long she dragged around an electric bassist and a former drummer for Deep Purple. It wasn`t all bad - it was Hiromi, after all - but it was unnecessary...as was her last tour`s inclusion ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 207
Views: 69514

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Another - very different - woman with a piano may be coming your way later this year. Hiromi took last year off but is already booked at the New York Blue Note for a week in early October. Her touring schedule should be posted here on her website soon: http://www.hiromiuehara.com/s/y01en/?ima=2951 T...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 207
Views: 69514

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Nested had, to my ears, the highest average of lovely melodies of her later albums; but all traces of New York as well as her musical and lyrical idiosyncracies...in short, what had identified her...were irretrievably gone. What a shame and disappointment.
That said, she was still mesmerizing live.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 207
Views: 69514

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

As a cruel irony, the only time LN charted in the US, was with a cover of "Up On the Roof." It appeared on her last album of otherwise originals (and final New York album). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMwq4teVMtg She followed it with an album of early r&b covers before disappearing...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 207
Views: 69514

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

Don`t believe everything you read on that dodgy site.
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach
Replies: 207
Views: 69514

Re: Another great song that sounds like Bacharach

One correction, Geoff: Laura Nyro never worked in the Brill Building and wrote songs only for herself. So many of those that appeared on her first two albums were commercially successfully covered by others causes some now to think that she was a professional "hit - maker" in the mode of C...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Why Didn`t Miles Ever Record "Alfie"?
Replies: 2
Views: 568

Re: Why Didn`t Miles Ever Record "Alfie"?

It`s too bad that Miles didn`t get a flat tire on his way to the Monterey Festival in `67. It was there he watched what he might have expected to be his next natural audience succumb to the transient seductions of psychedelia. And it was his subsequent idea to plug in first Herbie Hancock and then R...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Why Didn`t Miles Ever Record "Alfie"?
Replies: 2
Views: 568

Why Didn`t Miles Ever Record "Alfie"?

We all know the story of how Burt was flattered by Miles Davis complimenting him on the melody for "Alfie" but I find it odd that not only did Miles never record the song, I`ve never even found a bootleg of him performing it live anywhere. Despite his arguable degeneration into faux-funk a...
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Woman
Replies: 7
Views: 940

Re: Woman

I am ignorant of which corporate entity now owns the rights to the old A&M catalogue, but I have a couple of suggestions for whichever it is: 1. A re-issue of Woman including any unreleased instrumentals as well as the three other Bacharach / Titus songs, "Amnesia", "Chicago Farew...
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Woman
Replies: 7
Views: 940

Re: Woman

Woman has been my favorite album of Bacharach`s since my first hearing.
And you`re right, Marcel: it still "works."
Naturally, it tanked commercially and (equally naturally) Burt nailed it as "a failure" in consequence.
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 57
Views: 6319

Re: New Elvis Costello album

I would certainly welcome a vocal recording by someone; but the professional popular music singer - once a prominent fixture - is now as moribund as, well, popular music that isn`t dance- or rap-rooted.
I`m not holding my breath.

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