Marty Grosz

I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music

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This little-known but very enjoyable LP was one of the first times that the mature Marty Grosz emerged on records outside of his work with Soprano Summit. A good-humored vocalist who sings "Junk Man," "Lonesome Me" and the title cut on this set, Grosz is heard in a quartet with trumpeter Jimmy Maxwell, clarinetist Sam Parkins, and either Jack Six or Pete Campo, and with an octet using the same players plus trombonist Bobby Pring, Dick Meldonian on soprano and tenor, pianist Dick Wellstood, and drummer Freddie Stoll. The music is essentially classic jazz with concise solos and colorful ensembles uplifting such songs as "Serenade to a Wealthy Widow," "When Day Is Done" and "California Here I Come." Easily recommended to Marty Grosz fans.