Born: July 1, 1953 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Jazz singer Kurt Reichenbach is the son of Bossa Nova pioneering drummer Bill Reichenbach Sr. (Tommy Dorsey, Art Mooney, Charlie Byrd), and brother of internationally renowned trombonist Bill Reichenbach (Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Quincy Jones).
His intimate, mellow vocal delivery (which has drawn comparisons to such jazz legends as Chet Baker, Mel Torme, and Bobby Darin), and sly interpretations of the Great American Songbook, have combined to earn Reichenbach recognition as a formidable talent by critics and musicians alike.
Rex Reed calls Reichenbach “...a dazzling new singer......
--Rex Reed, The New York Observer
“... a jazz singer out of the Mel Torme-Billy Stritch school of polished pop-jazz crooning...”
--Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“... a natural swinger who understands lyrics, is blessed with a smooth baritone voice, and has the musical sensitivity to find approaches to each song that make his versions of even the most frequently performed standards sound fresh...”
--Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
“…one of the most dynamic vocal debuts of the past decade. Kurt’s got the chops…. Spread the word.”
--Christopher Loudon, Jazz columnist
“... He loves the classic tunes and adds a reverence to all he sings... Kurt Reichenbach is not a big belter... His voice and style are far more personal... He is an ‘emotional’ singer who has a lot to offer his audience...”
--Myrna Daniels, L.A. Jazz Scene
“…his lively presentation reminds us of Bobby Darin… a real discovery!”
--Keizo Takada, Record Collectors’ Magazine (Japan)
With a Song in My Heart-Recorded live at Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill (SSJ Records, 2009)
Tracks: With a Song in My Heart; Speak Low. All the Things You Are; Bittersweet; Endlessly; I'm All Smiles; I Thought About You; Blame It on My Youth (Pinky Winters); Something in Your Smile; Come Dance With Me; White Guy Blues; I Remember You; When October Goes; Flexible; Someone to Watch Over Me-Bonus track.
Personnel: Special guest-Pinky Winters; Gerry Schroeder: piano; Tom Warrington: bass; Ralph Penland: drums; Bill Reichenbach: bass trumpet; Julie Sussman Perez: alto saxophone; Jeff Colella: piano.
The Night Was Blue (Bungalo Records, 2003)
Tracks: Come Dance With Me; My Foolish Heart; I Remember You; Something In Your Smile; I Like You; It Amazes Me; Sleight Of Heart; Like A Lover; Flexible; For All We Know; Some Other Spring; Waters Of March; When October Goes.
Personnel: Gary Grant: trumpet; Biff Hannon: piano; Dan Higgins: alto saxophone; Larry Koonse: guitar; Mike Lang: piano; Don Menza: tenor saxophone; Bill Reichenbach, Sr.: drums; Bill Reichenbach: bass trombone; Carl Saunders: trumpet; Tom Warrington: bass; Ernie Watts: tenor saxophone.
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