Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Russ Reinberg: Blue Scarlett

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

Reinberg’s lovely, full, rounded clarinet tone is reason enough to recommend this comeback album recorded in 2003. But there’s more, of course, including his relaxed, warm, lyrical solos and the rhythm section support of guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Dave Stone and drummer Ray Brinker. The tune list-standards such as “I Surrender, Dear,” “Sweet Lorraine,” “Stardust,” “Daydream” and “If I Had You,” plus Reinberg’s four originals-is compatible with mainstream jazz clarinet tradition.

Reinberg and Koonse share similar melodic qualities-uncrowded designs, well-turned phrases and breathing room. Their minor key work on “Lover Man” is haunting. If you’re interested in comparisons with other clarinetists, you might detect an embellishment here and there reminiscent of Ken Peplowski and a trace of tone that recalls Pete Fountain.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.