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Burt Bacharach

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Burt Bacharach is one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century. In the ’60s and ’70s, he was a dominant figure in pop music, responsible for a remarkable 52 Top 40 songs. In terms of musical sophistication, Bacharach’s songs differed from much of the music of the era. Bacharach compositions typically boasted memorable melodies, unconventional and shifting time signatures, and atypical chord changes. Combining elements of jazz, pop, Brazilian music and rock, Bacharach created a unique new sound that was as contemporary as it was popular. Lyricist Hal David, Bacharach’s primary collaborator, supplied Bacharach’s music with tart lyrics worthy of the best Tin Pan Alley composers

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Vicenza Jazz 2022

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2022" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Vicenza Varie sedi 11—22.5.2022 Le new conversations di Vicenza Jazz 2022 da un lato si sono concentrate inevitabilmente sul centenario mingusiano, dall'altro non hanno derogato dalla propria tradizione, andando a curiosare nelle espressioni jazzistiche dell'attualità, senza rinunciare a rivisitare con orgoglio la propria storia, ripresentando protagonisti già accolti con successo in tempi passati. ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

May 2022: Music In The Air

Read "May 2022: Music In The Air" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Mark Christian MIller Music In The Air Sliding Jazz Door 2022 Southern California has an embarrassment of jazz vocal riches, of which Mark Christian Miller is a considerable part. A welcome fixture in the Los Angeles area, Miller has released two previous recordings in 2004's Dreamer With A Penney (Sliding Glass ...

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Article: Interview

My Conversation with Matthew Shipp

Read "My Conversation with Matthew Shipp" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in June 1999. Society as a rule, in the nineties, has become so accustomed to being spoon-fed their opinions and their ideas that if Rosie or Oprah doesn't recommend it or some guy fails to give it a thumbs up, it is ...

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Article: Live Review

Veronica Swift at the Newman Center

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Veronica Swift Newman Center Denver, CO November 19, 2021 I don't know about you, but I love to watch pigeonholes explode. Not with pigeons in them of course, that would be too messy. No, the fun stuff is when those small boxes that the human mind loves to construct turn out ...

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Article: Album Review

Denise Donatelli: Whistling in the Dark... The Music of Burt Bacharach

Read "Whistling in the Dark... The Music of Burt Bacharach" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Multi Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Denise Donatelli joins forces with Grammy Award-Winning record producer Larry Klein to offer her first concept album devoted to single composer on the soft-textured Whistling in The Dark... the music of Burt Bacharach. The music from one of the greatest song writers in American musical history, was something both Donatelli and bassist/producer ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Costello Jazz Show, Part 1

Read "The Costello Jazz Show, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Jazz is one of the most recurrent motifs in the multi-layered quilt that Elvis Costello's discography is; and one of those which make that eclectic patchwork both cohesive and uniquely appealing. The son of a jazz trumpeter/singer with a passion for 40s American jazz and a record seller with ears wide open, it's perhaps ...

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Article: Album Review

Denise Donatelli: Whistling in the Dark... The Music of Burt Bacharach

Read "Whistling in the Dark... The Music of Burt Bacharach" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


The Burt Bacharach canon has always been fertile ground for artists of all kinds to explore. Stan Getz devoted an entire album to his fare. The big Bacharach hits are branded deep in the cultural psyche. Thus, the challenge that Grammy-nominated vocalist Denise Donatelli and producer Larry Klein have here is how to use a different ...

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Article: Profile

Alan Rubin: Mr. Fabulous in Every Way

Read "Alan Rubin: Mr. Fabulous in Every Way" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


In the Hebrew language, the ancient word “Rubin" translates as “Behold, a son!" Yes, Alan Rubin, trumpeter, actor, studio phenomenon, beloved friend, respected colleague, loving husband and soulmate to his wife, Mary, was something to behold. Many people—even non-musicians— remember Rubin as a stalwart member of the “Saturday Night Live" and Blues Brothers Bands and as ...

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Article: Live Review

Umbria Jazz 2021

Read "Umbria Jazz 2021" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Perugia Varie sedi 09--18/07/2021 Fra i molti festival jazz che si sono affollati e sovrapposti nei mesi di giugno e luglio, probabilmente Umbria Jazz è quello che più ha sofferto della situazione pandemica. L'impossibilità di organizzare i concerti gratuiti nel centro storico, la mancanza di turismo, la defezione, anche all'ultimo minuto, di ...


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