Rhythm Is Our Business

Rhythm Is Our Business

by Marty GroszMarty Grosz


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Marty Grosz recordings are always fun. Grosz, a top humorist (though his monologues have yet to be fully included on recordings), is a cheerful vocalist whose style is influenced by Fats Waller, and a superior acoustic chordal guitarist. His combos are superb examples of small group swing with an emphasis on songs from the 1920s and '30s. For this date recorded in Germany, Grosz leads his Hot Puppies, a quintet with fellow American Randy Reinhart on trumpet and three excellent German players. Frank Roberscheuten shows his versatility by playing clarinet (his best ax), tenor, and alto while bassist Nico Gastreich and drummer Moritz Gastreich are swinging and subtle in support. The repertoire is inspired and some of the frameworks (including a version of "Heartaches" that hints strongly at Ted Weems' hit recording) are inventive. Reinhart and Grosz are the solo stars and this set is easily recommended to fans of vintage swing and classic jazz.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2003
Label: Sackville Records
UPC: 0778132206026
catalogNumber: 2060
Rank: 174591


  1. Rhythm Is Our Business
  2. Believe It Beloved
  3. Yellow Dog Blues
  4. Diga Diga Doo
  5. Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)
  6. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  7. I'm in the Mood for Love
  8. Heartaches
  9. If We Never Meet Again
  10. That da da Strain
  11. Squeeze Me
  12. The Japanese Sandman
  13. Wabash Blues
  14. Dream Man
  15. Medley: Rhythm for Sale/He Ain't Got Rhythm/I Got Rhythm

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marty Grosz   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Randy Reinhart   Trumpet
Frank Roberscheuten   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Moritz Gastreich   Drums
Nico Gastreich   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Jimmie Lunceford   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Marty Grosz   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
George Whiting   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Will Jason   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Hoffman   Composer
John Klenner   Composer
Dave Ringle   Composer
Nat Schwartz   Composer
Edgar Dowell   Composer
Manfred Selchow   Liner Notes
Mamie Medina   Composer
Fred Meinken   Composer
Horace Gerlach   Composer

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