THE STAGE and TELEVISION TODAY
BERT KAEMPFERT had millions of fans...and had sold millions of albums world wide when he died in 1980. The unmistakable smooth blend of voices, strings and big band with the accent on melody proved to be an unbeatable combination and still is if the reaction of the audience at the Fairfield Halls is anything to go by.
Tony Fisher, who played lead trumpet in the Bert Kaempfert Orchestra throughout the seventies, has now reformed it with the blessing of the Kaempfert family and is currently on a UK tour.
All the favourites were there, Red Roses For A Bleu Lady, Swinging Safari, L-O-V-E an a whole host of Kaempfert songs made famous by other recording stars; I had no idea he had written so many. Tony Fisher takes all the trumpet solos with his customary brilliance.
What made the evening really special was that only the singers and the flutes in the sax section were "miked". The sound balance was excellent and nothing was too loud. What bliss not to be 'blasted' out of the hall. Certain other big bands might try it sometime!