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Except for the unfortunate oversight of any of the spectacular material from Grusin's soundtrack to The Fabulous Baker Boys, this 11-track compilation is a strong addition to GRP's new collector's series featuring many of its classic artists. Grusin, of course, has the unique distinction of having owned the label and has been part of its establishment as a modern jazz powerhouse. The songs cover the 20-year period from 1977 through 1997, from the time just before he and Larry Rosen formed the company through Grusin's lush homage to chief influence Henry Mancini (represented here by the marching beat and brassy humor of "Baby Elephant Walk" and the boogie-woogie twist on "The Peter Gunn Theme"). When Grusin and Rosen compiled and sequenced this collection, they were more interested in finding outstanding representative tracks than simply spotlighting Grusin's best compositions. That's somewhat curious, since Grusin is legendary as both a jazz and film composer, but two of his best-received projects were The Gershwin Connection and Homage to Duke, so the Gershwin boys and Ellington's songs are an essential part of the mix. Grusin-written classics include the mystical and exotic synth exercise "Bossa Baroque" and the still spry "Early A.M. Attitude" from Harlequin, his Grammy-winning collaboration with Lee Ritenour.

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The Best

As a friend of his grandson, I heard about Dave through him. He told me he made great music and had amazing control, so I decided to check him out. I like the mixture of the light jazz mellow-ness of his music. I certainly hope that he keeps on making this interesting music.

Wow, Dave Grusin - the best indeed!

Are you kidding, the best is absolutely correct young friend of his grandson. My brothers and I have been listening to Dave Grusin for years and without a doubt he is a major player who has inflienced many and created some of the best jazz music that is out there. I think it's really cool that you commented your thoughts on this absolutely fabulous musician. He is certainly someone I've been checking out for years and will for years to come. Dave Grusin, wow. The best indeed.


As a fellow musician and pianist, I feel as though I can somewhat relate to the true quality of this record...bravo, Dave Grusin!


Born: June 26, 1934 in Denver, CO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Dave Grusin has been a highly successful performer, producer, composer, record label executive, arranger, and bandleader. As a pianist, Grusin tends toward the fusion and smooth end of jazz, but he's primarily an accomplished film and television soundtrack composer. Grusin played with Terry Gibbs and Johnny Smith while studying at the University of Colorado. He was the assistant music director and pianist for Andy Williams from 1959 to 1966, and then started his television composing career. Grusin...
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