Review of The Sweetest Punch
- Terje Mosnes; translated by David Christoffer Lier
Intelligent pop music performed luxuriously.
5/6By Terje Mosnes
This is guitarist Bill Frisells instrumental arrangements of the music by Burt Bacharach/Elvis Costellos exalted "Painted from Memory" CD, recorded in New York simultaneously with Bacharach and Costello completing their album in Los Angeles. Frisell has invited clarinet expert Don Byron, master of drumming Brian Blade, and the fine trumpeter Ron Miles, amongst others, to his party, and the outcome is intelligent pop music, occasionally brilliant and never worse than good. Costello and Cassandra Wilson add some brief vocal performances, which is well done, but the highlight of this record is the harmonising and orchestration by Frisell & co., and their expression of the melodies and intentions of Bacharachs compositions.