"It's one of those tunes I don't know if I'll ever fully get," he concludes. "When I first heard it years ago, it was like, 'Whoa, this is impossible.' Then I got brave and tried it out. We're close, so we keep pounding away at it."

Who knows — if they find the eloquence they're searching for with that one, perhaps they can apply themselves toward enhancing the stature of "Feelings," putting Morris Albert up there with Bacharach. Powder blue leisure suits optional, of course.

BILL FRISELL'S BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS | Saturday, June 18 @ 8 pm | Narrows Center For the Arts, 16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA | $25 advance, $28 door | 508.324.1926 | ncfta.org

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