Review: ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’- A Tribute Album

Producers Giampaolo Pasquile and Michele Garruti have come together with a number of talented musicians to create what can be considered as the ultimate tribute to Burt Bacharach, the iconic singer-songwriter who was most prolific during the 60s/70s.

Rather than just simply covering classic songs from Burt’s extensive repertoire, Pasquile and Garruti, along with their army of musicians, have tried to take a refreshing perspective on the songs, five of which are instrumentals, whilst others such as ‘Say A Little Prayer’ are beautifully stripped back versions that honestly reveal the quality of Burt’s songwriting talent.

‘The Look of Love’, a classic of Burt’s that most are sure to recognise is slowed down to a gentle smooth jazz wander and consequently, would make perfect music for any classy occasion. Also, a highlight of the album ‘Walk On By’ is driven by beautiful vocals and quality musicianship, all married with a slightly upbeat groove that adds that extra layer of ‘cool’ to an already cool track.

The extensive list of musicians who contributed to the album includes the great jazz pianist Massimo Colombo, Peter Erskine (ex drummer of Weather Report), one of the most appreciated double bass players in the world, Darek Oleszkiewicz, AKA ‘Oles’, Bob Mintzer (member of Yellowjackets), Michael Stever, the new ‘White Cat’ and Kathleen Grace,  a refined folksinger from the West Coast.

In a nutshell, ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’ is a cleverly crafted tribute that is sure to please the ears of die-hard Bacharach fans, as well as first time listeners. I doubt there is another tribute out there that pays homage to the songwriting legend with as much poignance and original perspective as this.

Take a look at the teaser video here:

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