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Great Jewish Music: Burt Bacharach
     

Great Jewish Music: Burt Bacharach

 
This two-CD set, produced by John Zorn, is second in a series of compilation albums dedicated to Jewish composers. The formidable and oft-forgotten -- ignored, perhaps -- Burt Bacharach is the focus of this album. Zorn calls upon some excellent musicians for this effort, including Medeski, Martin & Wood,

Overview

This two-CD set, produced by John Zorn, is second in a series of compilation albums dedicated to Jewish composers. The formidable and oft-forgotten -- ignored, perhaps -- Burt Bacharach is the focus of this album. Zorn calls upon some excellent musicians for this effort, including Medeski, Martin & Wood, Joey Baron, Bill Frisell, and a host of others. Some of the covers are heartfelt, well thought out and played with the acute attention to detail necessary to the satisfactory rendering of a Bacharach tune. However, some of the works do not allow for the composer's original feelings to shine through. Marc Ribot's working of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," as both a solo piece and with a backing band, is a highlight, as is the brilliant "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," by Medeski, Martin and Wood. For this tune, Medeski employs the Mellotron, a new venture for him, and the result is a fresh-sounding, subtle mix, quite pleasing to the ear. Similarly, Anthony Coleman's "A House Is Not a Home" and Bill Frisell's "What the World Needs Now Is Love," are well articulated, providing new insight into old material. As a whole, the album is a bit inconsistent, but tackles the arduous task of reinterpreting Bacharach's complex material. A good choice for any fan of Bacharach, or the players on the album.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/1997
Label:
Tzadik
UPC:
0702397711421
catalogNumber:
7114
Rank:
84619

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. (They Long To Be) Close to You
  2. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  3. Wives and Lovers
  4. Who Gets the Guy/This Guy's in Love with You
  5. Walk on By
  6. Promises, Promises
  7. Alfie
  8. Free Fall
  9. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  10. Trains and Boats and Planes
  11. Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
  12. (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance
  13. I Say a Little Prayer
  14. She's Gone Away
  15. I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself
  16. A House Is Not a Home
  17. The Look of Love
  18. What's New Pussycat?
  19. What the World Needs Now Is Love
  20. I Took My Strength from You (I Had None)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robin Holcomb   Track Performer
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions   Track Performer
Robert Quine   Track Performer
Elliott Sharp   Track Performer
Marc Ribot   Track Performer
Kramer   Track Performer
Joey Baron   Track Performer
Guy Klucevsek   Track Performer
Dave Douglas   Track Performer
Fred Frith   Track Performer
Bill Frisell   Track Performer
Erik Friedlander   Track Performer
Shelley Hirsch   Track Performer
Yuka Honda   Track Performer
Wayne Horvitz   Track Performer
Zeena Parkins   Track Performer
Mike Patton   Track Performer
Medeski, Martin & Wood   Track Performer
Sean Lennon   Track Performer
Chimera   Track Performer
Chimera   Track Performer
Marie McAuliffe   Track Performer
Eyvind Kang   Track Performer
Anthony Coleman & Selfhaters   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Burt Bacharach   Composer
Hal David   Composer

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