Happy Birthday Eric Marienthal! (b. 12/19/1957)

Share your favorite Eric Marienthal recordings and stories!

Of course I love everything Phat Band related, but I first heard Eric (and many other greats) on the GRP All-Star Big Band recordings. Back when you only had access to so many recordings, this album was played often especially on the way to high school honors jazz band weekly. I’m lucky enough to have performed this arrangement (and that it’s not too difficult for a reading big band) on many occasions. I transcribed the solo, and it’s not as complex as it seems. It’s amazing what he can make of a pentatonic/blues scale.

Before Youtube, I “found” some live recordings/concerts that weren’t commercially available in the US. This one made my jaw drop.

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