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May 28, 2012

Burt Bacharach : Gershwin Award at the Library of Congress

Filed under: music — burnett @ 8:17 am

My colleague Ephriam Wolfolk and I had the good fortune to perform for a small get together at the Library of Congress on May 15, 2012.  The occasion was the Gershwin Award bestowed on Mr. Bacharach.  We had the immense pleasure to chat for awhile, specifically about the asymetrical song forms (he didn’t plan them) and his stint at Mannes College in the late forties.  He was a student of Martinu, among others, and hung out in the jazz rooms at night to hear Diz, Bird, etc.  A great life, and great training.  Anyway, I arranged his tunes so that he alone would even recognize them.  Which he did, and they were definitely a conversation starter.

Here they are, performed live.  Burnett Thompson, piano; Ephriam Wolfolk, bass.  The words of Burt Bacharach conclude the “Walk on By” mp3.

This Guy’s In Love

Walk on By

One Less Bell to Answer
Close to You

The Look of Love

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