This collection is a refreshing change from typical brass or horn-based jazz bands. Clarinetist, Russ Reinberg’s style and sound are soft and sincere and the music selection is richly inspired from standards such as "Stardust" and "Lover Man" to originals "Junior," "Walking," "Never Enough" and "Blue Scarlett." There is certainly enough variety here to present an extensive illustration of his abilities as a musician and composer.
Reinberg began playing at age nine and appeared at several Southern California jazz clubs as a teenager, playing with local favorites and well-known bands. While still in high school, he played at a couple of Dixieland recording sessions and formed his own swing-based trio in his early twenties.
He has played at Carnegie Hall and on assorted national television shows including The Tonight Show, Mike Douglas and Dinah Shore and played and recorded with numerous bands and performers before taking a twelve-year leave of the music scene. This recording is his first since returning to the music world in 2003.
His style on the clarinet is charmingly warm and soothing and the sound of this recording is comfortable and inviting throughout. Reinberg is backed up by Larry Koonse on guitar, whose gentle, easy strumming technique is a cozy compliment. Bassist, Dave Stone, provides a balanced and constant tempo and Ray Brinker’s subtle, sinewy accents on drums also add a delicate hint of seasoning to the overall pleasant, dreamy texture of this compilation. Delightfully mellow and laid back for the most part, this CD is like a tender, caring hug to the ears and senses.