Danny Bacher- Still Happy

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Danny Bacher: Still Happy

Whaling City Sound (2018)
dannybachermusic.com 

Danny Bacher- Still HappyDanny Bacher received rave reviews for his 2016 debut album, Swing That Music, on which he covered a variety of tracks by the three Louis’- Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, and Louis Jordan. He has already established himself in the New York entertainment scene of Broadway cabarets and is a proud member of The Friar’s Club. Bacher is a clean-cut personality who aims to please.

On first play I thought of Tony Bennett, not because the music or Bacher’s voice is similar but because of the mood he generates. I wasn’t surprised to find a picture of them together.

The music, as Bacher described his first album, is “Contemporary Classic”. You won’t mistake Still Happy for an album out of the 50’s or 60’s- it’s entertainment for today right down to 2018 lyrical additions to “Hooray for Hollywood.”

I can picture the audiences happily strolling out of his shows onto Times Square. The liner notes describe the album as “his vision of a sing-along, bouncing-ball-world.”

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The playing is smooth and pleasing. Rhythm plus horns with most of the focus on Bacher’s soprano sax. A nice blend of upbeat and slower numbers, always hopeful. Alvester Garnett on drums and Dean Johnson on bass are to be commended for sustaining a rhythmic variety.

Danny Bacher- Still Happy
Bacher with Tony Bennett. Photo DannyBacherMusic.com

Bacher contributes two originals “In Spite of all this, I’m Still Happy”, and “Joie De Vivre.”  The rest of 12 tracks grab from a broader bag than his first album. I especially enjoyed his cover of Sinatra/Jobim’s “This Happy Madness.” Allan Farnham’s arrangements suit Bacher’s style and purpose. There will always be a place for music like this.


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