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George Gruntz/George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band: First Prize

Album Reviews:

Down Beat - 4.5 Stars - Very Good "...a state-of-the-art swing band..."

Option - "full of good music"

Album Notes

Full performer name: George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band.

George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band: George Gruntz (piano), Chris Hunter (alto saxophone), Larry Schneider, Bob Malach (tenor saxophone), Marvin Stamm, Manfred Schoof, Stanton Davis, Mike Mossman (trumpet), David Bargeron, J. Daley (euphonium), Howard Johnson (tuba), Vinny Golia (flute, bass flute), E.L. Petrowsky (clarinet, alto saxophone), Mike Richmond (bass), Adam Nussbaum (drums).

Recorded from May 7-8, 1989.

This is a particularly fun outing by George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band. Trombonist Ray Anderson's "Fishin' With Gramps" is a crackup and the other material is both complex and full of wit and color. With such soloists as trumpeters Mike Mossman, Franco Ambrosetti, Stanton Davis, and Manfred Schoof; Larry Schneider (on tenor and soprano); Howard Johnson on bass clarinet and tuba; altoist Chris Hunter (who sometimes sounds quite close to David Sanborn); Vinny Golia on baritone; and others, there is plenty of variety and many brilliant moments. George Gruntz's 18-piece group was one of the finest of the period, and this sometimes-eccentric CD is a perfect introduction to his music. ~ Scott Yanow


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