Review: By Robert D. Rusch - Papatamus, January 2019
WCS 110 Still Happy
Danny Bacher

DANNY BACHER [voc/ss] perhaps sums it up best when he writes about his work on STILL HAPPY [Whaling City Sound records was 110]…the way I like to connect with my audience is through humor and lightness. I like to convey a positive message. He does this quite well on his 10/17&18/18 recording (NOTE: since I received this disc in September 2018, my guess is the actual recording date is October 2017). Of the

program on this happy recording, about the closest he get to sober introspection is “Lucky To Be Me”. Bacher also likes to scat and does so well—in a Jon Hendricks-Clark Terry manner. Excellent support comes from Allen Farnham [p/arranger], Harry Allen [ts], Charles Caranicas [tpt/flg], Dean Johnson [b], Alvester Garnett [drm] and Rolando Morales-Matos [perc]. The CD ends with Bacher playing soprano on a very credible instrumental duo (piano) on “Cloudy/Nuages”.

Review: By D. Oscar Groomes O's Place Jazz, November 2018
WCS 110 Still Happy
Danny Bacher

O's Notes: Soprano saxophonist and vocalist Danny Bacher takes us on a swinging journey with Still Happy, his latest release. Allen Farnham (p), Dean Johnson (b), Harry Allen (sax), Charles Caranicas (t), Rolando Morales-Manos (perc) and Alvester Garnett (d) provide a well-integrated, vibrant accompaniment. We liked their bubbly take of “Joie de vivre”, the humor on “In Spite Of All This, I’m Still Happy” and Bacher’s earthy scatting on “Getting Some Fun Out of Life”. This is truly a jovial encounter that will put a smile on your face!

Review: By Joe Lang Jersey Jazz , November 2018
WCS 110 Still Happy
Danny Bacher

Vocalist/soprano saxophonist DANNY BACHER is an energetic performer. His spirited approach to music come through clearly on Still Happy (Whaling City Sound – 110). Bacher has surrounded himself with a stellar crew of players including tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, trumpeter/flugelhornist Charles Caranicas, pianist Allen Farnham, bassist Dean Johnson, drummer Alvester Garnett and percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos. The 12-track lineup of tunes includes “Getting Some Fun Out of Life,” “Laughing at Life,” “Shakin’ the Blues Away,” “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Lucky to Be Me,” “This Happy Madness,” “Joy Spring,” “Lazy Afternoon,” “Get Happy” and a medley of Bix Beiderbecke’s “Cloudy” and Django Reinhart’s “Nuages,” a soprano sax feature for Bacher. There are also three Bacher originals that fit seamlessly into the program. Bacher does not have a classic crooner’s voice, but he knows how to put a song across effectively. Bacher is clearly having a fun time here, and his enthusiasm is infectious, aided nicely by Farnham’s hip arrangements, and the wonderful musicians supporting him. Still Happy should put a smile on your face.

Review: By Midwest Record , September 2018
WCS 110 Still Happy
Danny Bacher

A swinging new jazz vocalist that’s too jazz for cabaret and too cabaret for jazz still finds the stars lining up in his favor as Jeff Levenson produces a set with what used to be the Concord All Stars and let’s them show what else they can do once tape rolls. Over coming a not quite here/not quite there vibe, it all comes together nicely as a wonderful diversion that just wants to spread the good times. A bright, sunny set that succeeds mightily at being just that.