Faithful readers will know I and my team of Oxford University-trained archaeologists have been uncovering marvels this year, featuring (collectively) Marty, Andy Schumm, Scott Robinson, John Sheridan, Kerry Lewis, Pete Siers, Jon-Erik Kellso, and Bob Havens. The findings are on view here, and here, and here. Don’t push; don’t crowd. All of them, including this post, come with great gratitude to Nancy Hancock Griffith, and those of us who were there know why.
And now, three more marvels by the gentlemen listed in the post’s title. For the uninitiated, Marty Grosz, guitar and occasional banter; Duke Heitger, trumpet; Dan Barrett, trombone; Scott Robinson, taragoto, tenor saxophone; Dan Block, clarinet, bass clarinet, and trumpet; Rossano Sportiello, piano; Jon Burr, string bass; Ricky Malichi, drums. And you’ll notice that these splendid improvisers are also sight-reading Marty’s arrangements, another thing to admire them for.
First a very Ellingtonian approach to the theme of erotic expertise:
Then, a swinging arrangement of TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS, with an intro that sounds like BIG CHIEF DE SOTA (also circa 1937) and with room for a wonderful surprise: Dan Block on trumpet:
Musical savagery from the early Thirties, with Dan Block’s bass clarinet solo:
What treasures! To me, worth more than unearthed Troy. But that’s just me.
May your happiness increase!