Shadowbox is performed by Rob's quintet featuring Ben Goldberg, Todd Sickafoose, Ila Cantor and Eric Garland. It's a "stylistically varied suite of tunes that gracefully integrate improvisation and nuanced arrangements". - Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle
Interview / live performance on KQED's Forum: listen here
Review of Shadowbox on The California Report: listen here
Rob Reich Sextet "Swings Left" plays jazz music for dancing, rooted in the classic swing era of the late 1930s. Featuring classic arrangements of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw, "Swings Left" branches off from there and also features Reich's original music in the style, combining a hot rhythm with a cool sensibility.
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Feb 2018 -
Pre-order the debut "Swings LEft" album!
I'm so excited to head to the studio in a few weeks to record an album of my original swing music!
You can pre-order your copy from my Indiegogo page.
Over the past year, I've written fifteen new tunes in the style of the music of the 1930s and 40s. I call this project "Swings Left". We've been playing them out at the local swing dances, and now we're ready to share them with the world!
Ben Goldberg (clarinet)
Andrew Stephens (trumpet)
Craig Ventresco (guitar)
Daniel Fabricant (bass)
Elizabeth Goodfellow (drums)
and myself on piano
Rob Reich is quintessentially what makes the San Francisco music scene a vibrant and vital mecca for independent music; he’s become one of its stalwart underground artists. His music defies genre, combining strong melodic ideas, rhythmic drive, and a spirit of irreverence and experimentation. He is best known for his work with Tin Hat, Gaucho, and Circus Bella.
"Rob's music is just like he is: guileless, thoughtful, playful and charming. His music wears a bowler hat and a pair of Chuck Taylors." - Carla Kihlstedt "A master of succinct revelation, of vaporous extremes that get right to the heart, of plainspoken abandon." - Ben Goldberg "Whatever context he's in, Reich transforms it into a creative hothouse where thousands of musical flowers bloom." -Andy Gilbert, East Bay Express