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Marty Grosz and His Hot Combination

  • 1. Alabamy Home
    2. Did I Remember?
    3. If It Ain't Love
    4. You
    5. What'll I Do?
    6. Don't Let It Bother You
    7. I'd Rather Be with You
    8. Murder in the Moonlight
    9. Four or Five Times
    10. Life Begins When You're in Love
    11. Spoken Introduction to Just a Gigolo
    12. Just a Gigolo
    13. Spoken Introduction to English Blues
    14. English Blues
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19319

  • Credits
    ProducerMarty Grosz; Marty Grosz
    EngineerDoug Pomeroy

    Marty Grosz: Marty Gorsz (guitar); Scott Robinson (baritone saxophone); Greg Cohen, Vince Giordano (bass guitar); James Dapogny, Jon-Erik Kellso, Ken Peplowski, Arnie Kinsella.
    Personnel: Marty Grosz (vocals, guitar); Ken Peplowski (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet); James Dapogny (cornet, piano); Arnie Kinsella (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Doug Pomeroy.
    Liner Note Authors: Marty Grosz; Dick Sudhalter.
    Recording information: Clinton Studios, New York, NY (02/14/2005/02/15/2005).
    Marty Grosz is a fine guitar player and singer, and has earned a solid rep as a purveyor of classic jazz styles. He's joined on Marty Grosz and His Hot Combination by a number of other players associated with classic styles, including clarinetist Ken Peplowski and trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso. The main idea of the album, then, is fairly straightforward: surround yourself with great players, choose a handful of standards, and play your heart out. The collection begins with a spry, instrumental take on Dave Ringle and Duke Ellington's "Alabamy Home" before delving into a fine vocal version of Harold Adamson and Walter Donaldson's "Did I Remember?" The track list includes lots of love songs and a neat take on "Just a Gigolo," revealing that Grosz has a romantic sensibility tinged with humor. The only item that distracts from the proceedings is Grosz's lengthy spoken introductions to "Just a Gigolo" and "English Blues." While both are more like funny monologues than introductions proper, they're too long and serve to interrupt the flow of music. Otherwise, Marty Grosz and His Hot Combination is a lovely album that reveals how joyful jazz was before the modern era. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.77) - "The performances have the feeling of a loosely arranged yet free-wheeling session in which ensemble passages and solos flow convivially and thematically from one to the other."
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