Hello, all! There’s an incredible article on Burt in the June 1997 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. Writer Francis Davis’s exploration of Bacharach’s music and significance is one of the most intelligent and insightful to date. I’ve put a text version in the Bacharach Articles section, but in the meantime (and even after) you really should go directly to the source, http://www.theatlantic.com/atlantic/issues/97jun/burt.htm, which includes related hypertext links.
I’ve also finally gotten the lowdown on the John Zorn Bacharach tribute album that everyone’s been asking about. “Great Jewish Music: Burt Bacharach” is a two-disc tribute record to Bacharach featuring Zorn and some of his avant jazz cronies. At times the music bears only slight resemblance to the titles they’re supposedly covering, but it’s an ambitious concept that should entertain more adventurous eart. It’s available on Zorn’s own Tzadic label.
WJBISCH@aol.com wrote to tell me that he has several Bacharach advertisement from Billboard and Cashbox that appeared between ’69 and ’77. They’re all $4. If you want to follow up, contact Bill via email or check out his website, http://members.aol.com/wjbisch.
And finally, Brian Cooley wrote to inform us that the release date for the McCoy Tyner Bacharach tribute is June 16 according to Impulse. More info is available here.
And, folks, keep those emails coming. I may not respond promptly (or respond at all) to some of them, but I do read all of my email and I appreciate every Burt fan’s interest.