Kurt Reichenbach

The Night Was Blue

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Kurt Reichenbach, the son of drummer Bill Reichenbach, Sr., and brother of trombonist Bill Reichenbach, has worked as an actor, photographer, and graphic artist. On his recording debut as a singer, he displays a personable and friendly voice, a solid sense of swing and a strong sense of humor. A few of the tunes in his repertoire probably did not need to be revived once again ("My Foolish Heart," "For All We Know," "Waters of March") but those are compensated for by the rare versions of songs by the likes of Alan Arkin ("I Like You"), Martin Mull ("Flexible"), and his father and brother ("Sleight of Heart"). While Kurt Reichenbach is usually accompanied by the rhythm section of pianist Biff Hannon, bassist Tom Warrington, and drummer Bill Reichenbach, Sr., most selections add a guest soloist or two, all of whom are quite outstanding, particularly Ernie Watts, Gary Grant, Dan Higgins, Carl Saunders, and Don Menza. All in all, this is a splendid vocal debut, and an important early step in the singing career of Kurt Reichenbach.

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