Ronnie Aldrich

Phase 4 World of Burt Bacharach

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With its unusual chord progressions, unconventional time signatures and unique phrasing, the Burt Bacharach/Hal David pop songbook would seem a fertile source for a pianist of Ronnie Aldrich's taste and skill, and The Phase 4 World of Burt Bacharach does not disappoint. Spanning both familiar favorites like "Alfie," "Close to You" and "The Look of Love," as well as lesser-known selections like "Odds and Ends" and "Where There's a Heartache," Bacharach's sophisticated melodies prove an ideal match for Aldrich's signature twin piano approach -- his arrangements are dramatic and bold, clearly relishing the formal innovations of the material at hand.