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Burt Bacharach


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. David’s unsentimental, bittersweet lyrics were often in striking contrast to Bacharach’s soaring melodies. While in the late 1970s Bacharach’s name became synonymous with elevator music (due in great part to its sheer familiarity), a closer listening suggests that his meticulously crafted, technically sophisticated compositions are anything but easy listening.


Article: Album Review

Luiz Millan: Brazilian Match

Read "Brazilian Match" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brazilian Match is a tour-de-force of classic and contemporary Brazilian music written by and featuring singer-songwriter Luiz Millan. Millan's fifth album is a leader is his first for Jazz Station Records and Brazilian jazz impresario Arnaldo DeSouteiro, whose storied history includes working with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Eumir Deodato, Dom Um Romão, João Donato, and other legends, ...


Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Hip Holland Hip

Read "Hip Holland Hip" reviewed by Chris May

This carefully curated disc is subtitled Modern Jazz Classics 1950-1970 and is a collection of tracks recorded by Dutch musicians and released in the Netherlands mostly in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Few of the musicians other than a sprinkling of American guest artists such as Herbie Mann and Art Farmer will ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sexmob, Larry Goldings, Steve Argüelles, Tim Berne & More

Read "Sexmob, Larry Goldings, Steve Argüelles, Tim Berne & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The exciting collaboration between Sexmob and Scotty Hard and that involving Larry Goldings, Kaveh Rastegar and Abe Rounds open an episode focusing also on soundtracks, beat poetry and poetry of the beat, before closing with a sonic voyage by Tim Berne, Hank Roberts and Aurora Nealand.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bacharach to the Future - Part 2

Read "Bacharach to the Future - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As a young adult, Burt Bacharach used fake IDs to get into 52nd Street jazz clubs to have his mind blown by heroes of the bebop revolution like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Those early impressions could not but leave a mark in his sophisticated pop songs, seeds that would later make those very same songs ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bacharach to the Future - Part 1

Read "Bacharach to the Future - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A celebration of the genius of Burt Bacharach, Mondo-Jazz style, focusing on off-the-beaten path takes on his idiosyncratic repertoire, since Bacharach's music is accessible yet complex and sophisticated to intrigue even the most forward looking musicians.Romantic songs, political songs, themes for soundtracks, but all--without fail--earworms that stay with you well beyond the last note.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Burt Bacharach, Joe Lovano & Ben Wolfe

Read "Burt Bacharach, Joe Lovano & Ben Wolfe" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 792nd Episode of Neon Jazz with bassist Ben Wolfe's brilliant album Unjust. From there, we hear from Ben's long-time collaborator, Harry Connick, Jr. with their take on “Stompin' at the Savoy" from the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack. We also hear new music from Tarmu Jazz Quartet, Matt Greenwood, Matt Lockett and Daniel ...


Article: Liner Notes

Lisa Hilton: Paradise Cove

Read "Lisa Hilton: Paradise Cove" reviewed by Lisa Hilton

"I think we all need jazz in our lives these days. From its inception, jazz and blues were created to boost moods or morale by America's earliest composers, such as Scott Joplin, Ferdinand Jelly Roll Morton, and Nick La Rocca around the beginning of the 1900s. The music on Paradise Cove was composed and created to ...

News: Video / DVD

Burt Bacharach: Parting Post

Burt Bacharach: Parting Post

My final post on Burt Bacharach will look at one of the lowest points in his life that resulted in a song, a theme for ABC's Movie of the Week and a tragic end. We tend to think of Burt as a guy who had it all—he was a brilliant composer, a stunning arranger and a ...

News: Music Industry

Burt Bacharach: Jazz Covers

Burt Bacharach: Jazz Covers

Songs by the late Burt Bacharach worked neatly as instrumental covers, especially when jazz artists were compelled by labels to record with-it albums of contemporary hits in the 1960s and '70s. Like Henry Mancini's music, Burt's melodies were clean and catchy and weren't tied directly to specific artists, which is what made many rock-artist hits difficult ...


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