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Burt Bacharach: Blue Bacharach

Burt Bacharach

I knew I would be hearing Burt Bacharach at the Pescara Jazz Festival in Italy, but a CD arrived before I could scratch my head for too long about such a booking: Blue Note Plays Burt Bacharach is part of a series that includes jazz interpretations of the Beatles and Stevie Wonder culled from the label’s huge catalog. The CD’s 12 tracks feature people such as Stanley Turrentine, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Grant Green, the Three Sounds and Nancy Wilson performing Bacharach hits like “The Look of Love,” “What the World Needs Now,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “Walk on By” and “Alfie,” among others.

I talked to the silver-haired, slimly fit and casual 76-year-old Bacharach as he modulated through some nice voicings at soundcheck in Pescara. When I presented Bacharach with the Blue Note CD, which he wasn’t aware of, his immediate response was, “I’m going to play it in the car tonight.”

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