The Jazz Side of Bacharach


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    “The Jazz Side of Bacharach” is a jazz homage to one of the most important composers of the past century.

    Burt Bacharach is considered as an elegant and refined composer, but the simplicity of his music must not be mistaken for triviality. As happens with other artists, the immediacy of his music makes his works easily recognizable; very frequently, even when he is not performing them, his songs are immediately acknowledged as written by him.

    Many singers had the pleasure of singing his songs: The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, B. J. Thomas, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Herb Alpert, Drifters, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and most especially Dionne Warwick.
    Many great jazz musicians performed his works: Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner, to cite but few.

    With his jazz-style arrangements, Claudio “Wally” Allifranchini wished to contribute his own view of Bacharach’s works, with an elegant and refined ensemble – just as elegant and refined as the performed music is.


    “The jazz side of Bacharach” è un omaggio jazzistico ad uno dei più importanti autori del secolo scorso.

    Burt Bacharach è considerato un compositore elegante e raffinato, la semplicità della sua musica non deve essere scambiata per banalità e come per altri artisti l’immediatezza della sua musica ha fatto si che i suoi brani siano facilmente riconoscibili e molto spesso, nonostante non sia lui l’interprete, le sue canzoni vengono immediatamente collegate a lui.

    Molti sono i cantanti che hanno avuto il piacere di cantare le sue canzoni: Beatles, Aretha Franklin, B. J. Thomas, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Herb Alpert, Drifters, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Elton John e soprattutto Dionne Warwick.
    Molti sono i grandi musicisti jazz che hanno interpretato i suoi brani: Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Bill Evans e McCoy Tyner, solo per citarne alcuni.

    Claudio “Wally” Allifranchini con i sui arrangiamenti in stile jazz ha voluto dare la sua visione delle opere di Bacharach, con una formazione elegante e raffinata, proprio come la musica affrontata.
    Serafino Tedesi © 2023


    Claudio “Wally” Allifranchini was born in Romagnano Sesia by Novara (Italy). As a saxophonist, poly-instrumentalist, arranger and composer, he has been active for years, performing with great jazz artists such as Giorgio Gaslini and Enrico Rava.
    He performed for more than ten years with the “Jazz Class Orchestra”, the big band of the Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, where he had the opportunity of playing with artists such as Ennio Morricone, Phil Woods, Bob Mintzer, Giorgio Gaslini, Gianni Basso, Bruno Tommaso, Ronnie Cuber, Barney Kessel, Lee Konitz and many others.
    Being active also as a composer and arranger, besides his performances as a saxophonists, in 1996 he won the prestigious competition of jazz arrangement and composition “Barga Jazz” with his piece “Gazpacho”.
    He is very active also in the field of pop music. His participations as a side man in many recordings, tours and TV broadcasts with the greatest Italian singers are countless.
    Since many years he teaches at the Scuola di Musica Dedalo in Novara, where he leads the “Jazz Workshop for Big Band” and the ensemble music course for small ensembles by the name of “Combo Jazz”.

    The Archimia Quartet was born from an idea by four classically-trained musicians, coming from the Conservatories of Milan and Piacenza, and sharing a wish to explore new sounds and acoustic possibilities. The Quartet performed in many important cities, such as Milan, Naples, Verona, Venice, Rome, Zurich, Lugano, Beograd, Bratislava, Berlin, Madrid, Vienna, London, Brighton, Vienna, Washington; moreover they played approximately 20 times on the stage of the prestigious “Blue Note” of Milan. The Quartet began to actively cooperate with Teresa Pomodoro and her Teatro NO’HMA of Milan, as well as he was chosen to accompany the performance “Journey to the Moon” by artist William Kentridge, in the most important European theatrical festivals. Their cooperation, both live and in studio, are numerous: Lucio Dalla, Elisa, Nicolò Fabi, Nick The Nightfly, Malika Ayane, Fabrizio Bosso, Paolo Tomelleri, Gabriele Comeglio, Paola Folli, Walter Ricci, Franco Fasano.
    Il Quartetto Archimia nasce dall’idea di quattro musicisti di formazione classica, provenienti dai conservatori di Milano e Piacenza, che hanno in comune il desiderio di esplorare nuove sonorità e possibilità acustiche. Il quartetto si è esibito in diverse importanti città tra le quali: Milano, Napoli, Verona, Venezia, Roma, Zurigo, Lugano, Belgrado, Bratislava, Berlino, Madrid, Vienna, Londra, Brighton, Vienna, Washington, inoltre si sono esibiti circa 20 volte sul palco del prestigioso Blue Note di Milano.
    Il Quartetto inizia a collaborare attivamente con Teresa Pomodoro ed il suo Teatro NO’HMA di Milano ed è stato scelto per accompagnare la rappresentazione scenica “Journey to the Moon” dell’artista William Kentridge nei più importanti festival teatrali d’Europa. Numerose sono le collaborazioni live e in studio: Lucio Dalla, Elisa, Nicolò Fabi, Nick The Nightfly, Malika Ayane, Fabrizio Bosso, Paolo Tomelleri, Gabriele Comeglio, Paola Folli, Walter Ricci, Franco Fasano.

    Fabrizio Bosso
    Gifted with an unexceptionable instrumental technique and a lyricism capable of making every listener’s soul’s deepest strings vibrate, Fabrizio Bosso developed his artistic flourishing and his career in dialogue with all musical genres, while remaining always faithful to his roots as a jazz musician. He is rigorous and tireless in his performances all over the world, where he brings his great melodic richness and his exquisitely Italian singing style – qualities which make the sound of his trumpet unique and immediately recognizable.

    Dotato di una tecnica strumentale ineccepibile e di un lirismo capace di far risuonare le corde più profonde nell’anima di qualsiasi ascoltatore, Fabrizio Bosso ha sviluppato la sua crescita artistica e la sua carriera confrontandosi con tutti i generi musicali, pur rimanendo sempre fedele alla propria radice jazzistica. Rigoroso e instancabile si esibisce nei palchi di tutto il mondo, portando con sé una grande ricchezza melodica e la cantabilità tutta italiana che rende il suono della sua tromba unico e immediatamente riconoscibile. www.fabriziobosso.eu


    Burt (F.) Bacharach
    (b Kansas City, MO, 12 May 1928). American composer and pianist. He learnt the cello, drums and piano from an early age and developed a particular interest in jazz. He played as a night club pianist, and then served in the army, touring as a pianist (1950–52). He went on to study music at the Mannes College of Music, New York, the New School of Social Research, McGill University, Montreal and gained a scholarship to the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California. His composition teachers included Milhaud, Martinů and Cowell. Bacharach became an accompanist for Vic Damone, subsequently working with such performers as Polly Bergen, Steve Lawrence, the Ames Brothers and Paula Stewart, to whom he was married from 1953 to 1958. From 1958 to 1961 he toured internationally with Marlene Dietrich. Bacharach began writing arrangements and composing songs in the mid-1950s, working at the Brill Building and collaborating with the lyricist Hal David (b Brooklyn, NY, 25 May 1921), the brother of the lyricist Mack David, on a large number of popular songs, including The Story of My Life (1957), Magic Moments (1958), Anyone Who Had a Heart (1963), Walk on by (1964) and (There’s) Always something there to remind me (1964). Some 60 of their songs were recorded by their protégée Dionne Warwick and these, along with recordings by Dusty Springfield (notably I just don’t know what to do with myself and The Look of Love), remain among the best interpretations of the Bacharach-David repertory. Such songs, in addition to the Broadway musical Promises, Promises (1968), which was also staged to great success in Australia and Europe, made them one of the most successful songwriting teams in American music history.