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Just for Fun! (Complete Concert)

Marty Grosz, Alan Elsdon, John Barnes & Murray Wall

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Other than the leader, the personnel is completely different, but the instrumentation is the same as Marty Grosz's Orphan Newsboys. Trumpeter Alan Elsdon, John Barnes (on clarinet, alto and baritone) and bassist Murray Wall all join the chordal acoustic guitarist/vocalist/wisecracker in a dozen spirited renditions of vintage tunes, most of which are from the 1930s. Grosz excels in this format, and the many highlights include lightly swinging versions of "All I Do Is Dream of You," "Love Is Just Around the Corner," "Sweethearts on Parade" and "The Lady Is In Love With You." This German imported CD should greatly interest trad/mainstream collectors.


Born: 28 February 1930 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of jazz music's great comedians (his spontaneous monologues are often hilarious), Marty Grosz is a brilliant acoustic guitarist whose chordal solos bring back the sound of Carl Kress and Dick McDonough of the 1930s, while his vocals are very much in the Fats Waller tradition. It took Grosz a long time to get some visibility. He grew up in New York, attended Columbia University, and in 1951 led a Dixieland band with Dick Wellstood that was unrecorded. Based in Chicago, Grosz did record with Dave...
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