RED BANK: THE LOOKS OF LOVE, AT THE BASIE

BacharachSpankClassic pop composer Burt Bacharach brings 50-plus years of make-out music to the Basie stage on Friday… after SPANK! delivers some Fifty Shades of parody on Wednesday. 

Call it Jet-Set Pop; a smoothly stripped-down and swinging sonic signifier of a (real or imagined) time when the wars seemed colder, the winters somehow warmer, and the way of getting where you’re going — whether by 727, Galaxie 500, lunar module or Merry Prankster bus — was half the glamor and excitement in itself.

Songs like “The Look of Love,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “What the World Needs Now,” “This Guy’s in Love With You” and “I Say a Little Prayer” traded in the syrupy mush of Easy Listening (and the Legion hall polka-party of Mitch Miller and Lawrence Welk) for a cosmopolitan cocktail of West Coast Cool Jazz, bachelor-pad lounge and transistor-radio soul. And who better to bridge that sprawling generation gap and both sides of the Atlantic than the youthful, dashing, insanely talented composer-performer Burt Bacharach?

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