Thursday, October 25, 2018

Danny Bacher "Still Happy" (vocals, soprano sax)

This CD is very well titled, as singer-saxman Danny Bacher takes off on a dozen mostly happy, feel-good songs. Surrounded by a sextet including pianist Allen Farnham and tenor ace Harry Allen, Bacher puts his pleasant vocal stamp on such classy titles as "Hooray For Hollywood", "Lucky To Be Me", "Lazy Afternoon", "Get Happy" and two tunes that I associate with Billie Holiday, "Getting Some Fun Out Of Life" and "Laughing At Life". Perhaps my favorite cut was Bacher's rare vocal on Clifford Brown's masterpiece, "Joy Spring". Bacher is also a skilled and clever writer, as evidenced by "In Spite Of All This, "I'm Still Happy". It's a tune which addresses many annoyances and disappointments in life, while maintaining a happy spirit in spite of them. His "here and there" soprano sax is perfectly placed, along with solos from Farnham, Allen, and trumpet/flugelhorn man Charles Caranicas. If you want to spark up your day, this is a session you'll surely enjoy. Whaling City Sound; 2018; 65:40

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