Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The James P. Johnson Songbook

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The James P. Johnson Songbook

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Marty Grosz and the Hot Winds

The James P. Johnson Songbook

Arbors ABCD 19427

Marty Grosz (g, bjo, voc, arr), Jon-Erik Kellso (tp), Dan Block (cl, b cl), Scott Robinson (ss, c-melody sax, bs), James Dapogny (p, celeste), Vince Giordano (b, tuba, b sax), Arnie Kinsella (d, temple blocks), "Panic Slim" Jim Gicking (g on track 14 only). Union City, NJ, October, 27/28/29, 2010 except "Harlem Woogie. "Bryn Mawr, PA, March 26, 2011

'Sippi/Hungry Blues/I Need Lovin'/I Was So Weak, Love Was So Strong/ Alabama Stomp/Old Fashioned Love/Stop That Dog/If I Could Be With You /Charleston/My Headache/Don't Cry Baby/Ain'tcha Got Music/A Porter's Love Song To A Chamber Maid/Harlem Woogie TT 66:57

James P. Johnson, known as "The Father of Stride Piano," was also an accomplished composer of songs, shows, and larger works. Marty Grosz and his group, The Hot Winds, have recorded an album presenting a selection of Johnson's popular songs. Some of the tunes are well known, but a number of them have been rediscovered and brought back to currency in this charming album.

Grosz has assembled an ensemble of expert, sympathetic musicians. He has selected a varied and interesting program of songs for them to perform, both familiar and new. In support he has written some very creative and stimulating arrangements. …

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