Sarah Reich is reviewed by Jazzweekly

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A REAL TOE TAPPER…Sarah Reich: New Change

Yes, there have been a few jazz tap dancers, going back to the Swing Era with Jimmy Rushing and Fred Astaire, but none have ever done a whole album like this one by the fleet footed Sarah Reich.Interspersed by recitatives and free verse by the likes of Maiya Sykes, Artyom Manukyani and Lee How, Reich adds podiatric percussion to bopping tunes performed in mix and match form with Danny Janklow/as, Mike Cottone/tp, Aaron McLendon-Jonathan PIson/dr, Sam Barsh-Scott Bradlee/p, Alex Boneham-Brandon K. Brown/b and a host of guests.

The music is amazingly successfully, as Rich high steps with Janklow on the hip “Tap City” and a salsa’d “It’s Tappening.” Some gorgeous and passionate cello work by Manukyani veers between the toes on “Rivive” and a peppy “The Groove” with a rhythm team joining together for Reich to whisk away on the title track. A Basie paced “My Baby Just Cares For Me” brings Sykes voice teamed with Scott Bradlee’s  piano for a trip to Kansas City as Reich sashays to 12th and Vine.

I’m not sure what Reich can do for an encore, but I definitely want to see how she does this on stage. WHEW!

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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