Wild, unpredictable, Danny Bacher’s “Still Happy” represents the very best intersection of jazz, pop, delivered with the utmost of joy. Positively bursting at the seams, everything about the album passes by in a glorious blur of color. A kaleidoscopic range touches upon every aspect of the album, from the intense saxophone work to Danny Bacher’s incredibly playful, nimble lyricism. Songs have a concept, punchy attitude to them while they nicely build off each other. The whole of the album serves as a vast tapestry of sound, ensuring that nothing is held back in the best way possible.
“Getting Some Fun Out Of Life” sets the tone for the album. At a breakneck pace the whole of the track goes for a freewheeling, carefree attitude. Things slow down a little on the sly grooves of “Laughing At Life”. Going for a late-night, swinging approach is the casual cool of “Shakin’ The Blues Away”. Layer upon layer comes into the fray on the colossal spirit of “Hooray for Hollywood”. A thoughtful contemplative air reigns supreme over the intimate environment of “Lucky To Be Me”. Rather spirited “Joie De Vivre” feels aptly named, featuring a perfect intermingling of saxophone and piano in a grand sweep. Easily the highlight of the album comes with the gorgeous “Joy Spring”. Great energy pours through the whole of “Get Happy”, where Danny Bacher’s approach has a fresh take on the beloved classic. Perfectly bringing it all to a close is the timeless Bossa-Nova inflections of “Cloudy/Nuages”.
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Everything works wonders on Danny Bacher’s lovingly executed “Still Happy”.