Marty Grosz

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The Orphan Newsboys (comprised of guitarist/vocalist Marty Grosz, cornetist Peter Ecklund, clarinetist Bobby Gordon and bassist Greg Cohen) are a very popular attraction on the classic jazz festival and party circuit. Their ensembles are both cool and exciting, Grosz is a masterful rhythm guitarist and a humorous Fats Waller-influenced singer, and the band is one of the very best in performing small-group swing. This CD was their recording debut as a group; clarinetist/altoist Ken Peplowski and bassist Murray Wall sub on five of the 16 selections. Highlights of the delightful set include "One In A Million," "Milenberg Joys," "Blue Room," "Pardon Me, Pretty Baby" and "My Melancholy Baby." Highly recommended.