Victor Trachsel

I'm Glad There Is You

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With this maiden album, a new voice on the male vocal scene has appeared in Victor Trachsel. The Michigan-based vocalist does not have that muscular, strong voice other members of the vocal fraternity possess. Instead, he's hip and cool the same way Mel Tormé was hip and cool, or Chet Baker for that matter. Trachsel understands the importance of good sidemen and arrangements that allow them plenty of space to stretch out. On every song he takes the opening chorus followed by a substantial solo by one or more of the musicians who have accompanied him to Michael Brorby's New York studio. "Fly Me to the Moon" has alto sax man David Glasser and pianist Larry Ham getting more playing time than the singer. And this novel approach works well. The exchange between Trachsel and the bass of Pat O'Leary form a telling coda for "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off." Altoist Glasser gets more significant solo time on "Our Love Is Here to Stay," a platform to display an ability to improvise without overwhelming the music or the listener. This is a quality track. Trachsel can swing with the best, as he demonstrates on "It's Alright With Me." More good stuff! The singer was taking no chances with his first album, as he chose 14 well-known entries from the Great American Songbook. His laid-back, moderate baritone fits well with these tunes. This album is self-produced. One hopes that some enterprising record company will take heed and sign up this singer so that he doesn't disappear into the world of might-have-beens. Highly recommended.

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