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Great Jewish Music: Burt Bacharach [Box set]

Burt Bacharach Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Tzadik
  • ASIN: B000003YTQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 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. Freefall
9. Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Solo)
10. Trains And Boats And Planes

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bacharach music April 11, 2003
By bimwa
Format:Audio CD
This was the first of Tzadik's 'Great Jewish Music' tributes, and definitely the best, due to the musicians involved, and of course the source material. There's been quite a resurgence of Bacharach's music of late (thanks to Austin Powers, among other things) and this tribute helps to show that this resurgence is well-deserved. When some of the biggest names in modern music (Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang, Marc Ribot, Fred Frith, etc.) record your music, that is some pretty high praise.
So, onto some of the music... Dave Douglas reworks 'Wives And Lovers' into a wonderfully swinging version for trumpet, piano and bass sax/piccolo/flute, and one wonders why we haven't heard more of Dave with this lineup. Accordionist Guy Klucevsek mixes 'Who Gets The Guy?' with 'This Guy's In Love With You' with a result that is almost unrecognisable due to his extreme reharmonisation. 'Walk On By' gets a relatively straight but beautiful reading by downtown legend Kramer.
And so it goes - most of the tracks are reworked beautifully, or covered relatively straight, but great versions nonetheless. One that most notably breaks the mold is Joey Baron's solo drum version of 'Alfie'. Kind of interesting, but doesn't really hold up to multiple listens.
As another reviewer said, there's probably just too much music here - though I love Marc Ribot, it is probably not necessary to have two tracks by him (one solo, one with band). And some of the tracks, towards the end of the second disc in particular, are a bit lacking.
But all in all, this is a worthy tribute to a great songwriter.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the musically adventurous Bacharach fan August 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you are a fan of Hal Wilner's tribute albums to Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and Nino Rota, and also of Burt Bacharach, this album is right up your alley. At 20 songs, there are about six too many, but at least two of them are worth the price of admission by themselves. I'm speaking of Bill Frisell's beautiful solo version of "What the World Needs Now Is Love" on what sounds like an acoustic archtop guitar (none of his volume pedal/tape delay effects, just pure Bill), and also of Medeski Martin and Wood's super-funky version of "Do You Know the Way to San Jose." If only MM&W had such strong material to work with on their own albums...The more experimental things work in about half the cases on this album, and there are a small number of tracks you will never want to hear again. I distilled my favorites onto one CD so I wouldn't have to program and switch the discs out to get to all my favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At 15, a record still worth listening closely to October 23, 2012
Format:Audio CD
As I write this, 15 1/2 years after this tribute was released, this still seems like an unappreciated classic. There is a great deal of diversity in terms of arrangement textures and approaches here, and there are a small number of tracks that I have never been able to enjoy, but there are also some recordings here that will echo around my mind until the day I die. Rather than generalize any further, which is very difficult with this record, I'll just point out some of the highlights. (While there are now audio samples of the tracks online at Amazon and elsewhere, in several cases these brief snapshots can't really give you a feel of a long and complex arrangement.)

Wayne Horvitz - "Close To You": Horvitz plays it pretty straight on this cut, putting the harmonized vocals of Julie Wolf and Robin Holcomb front and center on the song that Karen Carpenter transformed from Bacharach obscurity to international smash.

Marc Ribot - "Don't Go Breaking My Heart": The first of the two Ribot versions of this song is given a 1960s garage/surf band rock arrangement, with Ribot's trademark slashing electric guitar handling the melody Thelonious Monk-style.

Dave Douglas - "Wives and Lovers": On an album featuring several stunningly creative and beautiful arrangements, this is one of the two very best. Douglas does a chamber-jazz take on this famous pop waltz, and there are wonderful solos by pianist Uri Caine, flute and bass sax player Scott Robinson, and Douglas himself (no bass or drums on this cut). It's one of the only albums I own with a jazz musician playing bass sax, and Robinson has one floor-shaking note towards the end of his solo that is unforgettable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars advertisements for themselves October 24, 2009
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remember the english class where the teacher gave as an assignment a sonnet by shakespeare and everyone in the class had to rewrite the sonnet in their own version? that's pretty much what this collection is about, interpretation and variation.

for this project, john zorn assembled some musicians, some as individuals, others as groups. make believe he said to them, okay, gang, I want each one of you or your group, for those of you in a group, to take a burt bacharach song and arrange it any way you want, the only rule i want you to follow is to keep it jewish, jewish meaning persecuted and unwelcome. now not all of the selections are as somber as, say, joey baron's drum solo of alfie, but they all do lack the joy and exurberant tone of the original recordings.

there's a dave douglas group doing wives and lovers. there's a bill frisell solo of what the world needs now is love. eliot sharp making music with several instruments by himself doing his version of the man who shot liberty valance.

basically, what's here is a kind of sampler of musicians who have their own recordings. so don't really think bacharach, unless you're a music student, think musician. if you're familiar with any of the players, chances you'll like what they do here, if you generally like what they do. the musicians you're not familiar with you can kind of decide if you want to hear them elsewhere based on how they play here, instead of what they play, the particular chosen song by bacharach.

some other musicians: anthony coleman, zeena and sara parkins, marc ribot, fred frith, and eyvind kang
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