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Bill Reichenbach Special Edition - Nothing But Bills


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William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (born November 30, 1949 in Takoma Park, Maryland) is an American jazz trombonist and composer. He is the son of Bill Reichenbach who was the drummer for Charlie Byrd from 1962 to 1973. He is best known as a session musician for television, films, cartoons, and commercials.

His solo CD, "Special Edition", features Reichenbach on tenor as well as bass trombone. Other personnel include Peter Erskine, Biff Hannon and Jimmy Johnson.

He began in high school playing for various bands in the Washington, D. C. area. He also sat in with his father's group where he played with Milt Jackson, Zoot Sims, and others. Reichenbach went on to study at the Eastman School of Music and on graduating joined the "Buddy Rich Band." He would also work in the Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band in Los Angeles in the mid/late 1970s. After that move he became known for music for television and film. He played trombone on The Wiz and, with the Seawind Horns including Jerry Hey on Michael Jackson's albums : Off the Wall, Thriller and HIStory.

"...Reichenbach cuts loose on a bop version of Sammy Kahn's 'I Should Care,' showing his undeniable love for the late great 'bonist Frank Rosolino. The overdubbed trombone chorale, 'Chief and Frank,' is short, sweet, and borders on amazing, and Peter Erskine's drumming throughout the date is crisp, efficient, and punctual. Reichenbach has produced an album that does not depend on funky cliches or hackneyed rhythms to make it work. He has transcended his Hollywood studio status...Recommended."

-- Michael G. Nastos (Jazz Spotlight, The Ann Arbor News)

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