Russ Reinberg | Blue Scarlett

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Blue Scarlett

by Russ Reinberg

Russ Reinberg's beautiful tone and sensual, swinging clarinet style infuse an all-star mainstream jazz quartet with emotion and energy, making "Blue Scarlett" perfect either for close listening or romantic background music.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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2. I Surrender Dear
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3. Sweet Lorraine
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4. Stardust
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5. Limehouse Blues
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6. Daydream
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7. Squatty Roo
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8. The Very Thought of You
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9. Walkin'
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10. Never Enough
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11. If I Had You
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12. Blue Scarlett
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13. Lover Man
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14. As Long As I Live
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15. Singin' the Blues
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Why would Westlake Records release an album featuring an unknown clarinetist? If you already have listened to a track or two, the explanation is unnecessary. But if you’re looking for a written answer, one word should suffice: Serendipity.

Russ Reinberg achieved a modicum of recognition in the 1980s. He performed at Carnegie Hall, as a guest on numerous television shows, at concerts, and with many top jazz musicians. Even so, when I was Program Director at one of the premier jazz radio stations in the world, KKJZ in Long Beach, California, I once joked that Reinberg is “the best kept secret in jazz”.

As fate would have it, after a very successful concert in 1988 with the nucleus of the Concord Jazz All-Stars, Reinberg had to give up playing. Twelve years later, he met his fiancée, Scarlett Li (the Scarlett in the album’s title). She insisted he end an uneasy, extremely premature retirement and return to music. Larry Koonse, Dave Stone, and Ray Brinker wanted to help with the comeback.

Enter serendipity. In this case, one of those “magical” recording sessions. Sort of like what happened on Miles’ Kind of Blue album. It just happens and you never know why.
It was Reinberg’s first performance of any kind in nearly fifteen years. But, on the afternoon the quartet went into the studio, Southern California’s infamous Santa Ana winds blew in the hottest day in six months. The room had no air conditioning. The musicians needed cold drinks. They grumbled. They turned on a fan between tunes to blow in cooler air. Nothing helped much.

The second take of the first tune was a “keeper”. It went pretty much like that for the duration of the session. Even Reinberg’s originals, Junior, Blue Scarlett, Never Enough, and Walking proceeded without a hitch. Serendipity again.
The album is extraordinary. It is so captivating, its emotional impact so strong, and its approach so fresh that its appeal transcends jazz alone. It is music for everyone. Enter Westlake Records. The album was perfect for the label. Serendipity.

If you’re wearing socks, Blue Scarlett will knock them off. And now you know the serendipitous reason Westlake Records has released a magical album by an unknown clarinetist named Russ Reinberg. — Ken Borgers, Long Beach, California


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Stephen King

Stunning performances full of soul
I've been listening to jazz for more than 40 years. I spent many years as a engineer in studios in Chicago recording great musicians performing classical, R&B, Rock, Latin, and Jazz. Russ Reinberg's Blue Scarlett ranks right up there among the very best jazz albums I've had the pleasure of hearing. Tasty. Soulful. Full of heart. Exquisite musicianship. I've had this CD for several days now, and I can't take it out of the CD Player. It is simply wonderful. If you don't buy it you're nuts. Russ ought to offer a money-back guarentee. He'd never have to open his wallet.

Aad Overeem

Straight to the heart, Russ Reinberg touches you with his straightforward playin
Russ Reinberg plays with a beautiful, touching tone, very musical, interesting and in his very own individual style. Straight to the heart, not a note to much. With a heck of a rhythm section, it really swings from start to finish. Beautiful choice of songs, and nice originals.
Guitarist Larry Koonse, is sort of a discovery to me and, to my ears, harmonically the most advanced soloist, Wow!
Dave Stone is a great bassplayer and Ray Brinker perfect for the job.
Recording engineer Ben Maas did a great job, the recording quality is in one word, Superb!
I find myself listening to this CD over and over again!

Binz Beiderbecke

I'm not the biggest jazz lover, but this cd could change my mind about the music
Blue Scarlett makes me look forward to my one hour morning commute. That's when I can listen to Russ's 'cool jazz' totally uninterrupted! I've never been a huge fan of jazz, but lately I've been wearing this cd out. From classics to beautiful original compositions, Blue Scarlett's guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It's now at the top of my playlist...'Junior' is an instant classic. Now if I could just stop humming it at work!

J.L. Bueno

Five Stars
Blue Scarlett is a great album that is excellent for my FM radio program. Wonderful music!! It is a pleasure for me introduce the CD to my audience.

J.L. Bueno
Cadiz, Spain

"The Hostler" Stockbridge

Can hear his heart in each note.....!!!
Am in receipt of your "BLUE SCARLET" cut........... "HOLY BAT STUFF" brother......!!! This is the absolute best I have listened to in many moons.....!!!!!!!! I can hear your heart in each note.........!!!!! THANKS RUSS.. You ARE "THE MAN"
"The Hostler".......