Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
What The World Needs Now: The Music Of Burt Bacharach
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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I have to surrender........
Anders Jonasson | Bankeryd Sweden | 06/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a huge McCOY fan for many years I must admitt that I was skeptical to this CD when I first heard about this project. BUT, after repeated listening I have to surrender.Yes , the music sometimes are very close to "cocktail lounge music" but it never goes that far.What touches me is the way McCoy plays through those tunes, it is with deep respect for Bacharachs muisc, all added with McCoys own emotional playing, which often is quite "funky". The music is ideal for contemplation, and I don t think anyone can listen trough this CD without being touched in one way or the other, Perhaps Coltrane and Burt Bacharach have more in common that you would think of."
Takes time to grow on you
Mark A. Geisler | DeKalb, IL United States | 05/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It took a number of listenings for me to really get into this album, even though I am a HUGE McCoy Tyner fan. John Clayton did an excellent job with the orchestrations. There is a great deal of variety. It is both harmonically challenging, yet accessible.
A big band (at least some of whom have played in McCoy's own big band)joins the orchestra on "You'll Never Get to Heaven if You Break My Heart." They get a good groove going, and my one regret is that they do not appear on more of the tracks.
McCoy has excellent rapport with both Christian McBride on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. I'm not sure if this was his working trio at the time or if they had just gotten together for this recording. Anyway, it sounds like they had been playing together for a quite some time.
There are times when McCoy's wordless vocals get in the way as he takes off on a solo. I used to find this a total distraction, but I am coming to appreciate the fact that it is simply a part of his music and that there is a place for it.
McCoy's playing has become more refined, elegant, and reflective since his Milestone recordings of the 70s. I love his playing from that era, but it was time to evolve some more. That is a good thing! Here is an elder statesman of jazz who still can deliver the goods."