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Dave Grusin

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 recorded with Benny Goodman in 1960, and with a hard bop trio which included Milt Hinton and Don Lamond in the early '60s. He also played and did a session with a quintet including Thad Jones and Frank Foster. Grusin did arrangements and recorded with Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones, and Carmen McRae in the early '70s. He played electric keyboards with Gerry Mulligan and Lee Ritenour in the mid-'70s, then helped to establish GRP Records out of a production company. GRP developed into one of the top contemporary jazz and fusion companies; they were later taken over by Arista, then by MCA. Grusin continued recording through the '80s and '90s, doing numerous projects, from fusion and pop to working with symphony orchestras. He has also conducted the GRP Big Band, scored such films as The Fabulous Baker Boys, and performed duet sessions with his brother, Don, and Ritenour. In addition to his numerous GRP releases, Grusin has also recorded for Columbia, Sheffield Lab, and Polygram. In 2011, he released the concert album and DVD An Evening with Dave Grusin, which featured him backed by the 75-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra revisiting works from throughout his varied career. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi
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What a talent!
tdbmusic39
Grusin has been a terrific influence in my musical career... I met him at a NAMM convention. A great and talented gentleman that deserves more recognition. . . Viva Dave and your music... Tnks for those years of awesome piano work.
...Dave's amazing ability to capture a place, musically, & all the bittersweet emotions that come with inevitably growing older. The perfect score to one of my most favorite movies...(re : On Golden Pond)
What an amazing talent. I like anything he has ever done.
I can't believe he didn't win the Academy Award for this???
?where is the master recording-"K e e p Your Eye on the Sparrow"
Pandora should soooooo have Dave Grusin's the goonies on here, it's a great soundtrack!! ! ! !
http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / u s e r / k a r e n l h a l l
Dave is the Man!!! I used to buy anything put out on GRP Records
suellen566
Goosebumps. Dave Grusin, gives me Goosebumps everytime! His music tells the story to my soul!
jdenright1
If you don't tap your feet to Mountain Dance you must not like music..What a true artist...
Dave has his own in the jazz world and should shine on.Keep doin' what you do best Dave.Another reason to keep on listening to jazz.
One of the best in fussion. My old time favourite mountain Dance
Dave Grusin is the very best. We love everything he does and believe he is underappreci a t e d . Jim Beam, we also were offended at the biographer who had the nerve to describe him as a mediocre piano player. We harumph and laugh at that comment everytime we are marveling in the perfection of a Grusin recording. Everything he has done is wonderful. Don't forget his Orchestral Suite, especially good road music while enjoying scenary!
I must be the only pianophile on the planet who'd never heard of him until tonight. Just watched The Fabulous Baker Boys. What a talent! He's amazing!
gplehn3
Everytime I find that I am thoroughly enjoying the music during a movie, I can almost guarentee that Dave Grusin is playing. My heart sings when I listen to his music.
jjenn24
I was fifteen when my old man showed me the album cover of Mountain Dance, and what I expected was not what I got. I have been a huge Grusin fan ever since and I am forty five now. His music is accessible and enjoyable. I agree it is not overly complicated but often great music is simple and melodious.
Part 1
One of my greatest pleasures is to read the biographies Pandora supplies while immersed in the music of the respective artists. A rare exception to this is Ron Wynn’s biography of Dave Grusin. Wynn states, “His piano playing ranges from mildly challenging to competent to routine…”
Part 2
Many music critics are either failed or wannabe musicians. What’s more, critics that prefer to write about jazz performers are likely to be “jazz snobs.” Like all jazz purists, they have difficulty taking non-jazz musicians seriously. In addition, they express contempt for jazz musicians who have achieved success by playing music accessible to a larger audience. They usually consider them commercial whores.
Part 3
Ron Wynn freely admits (because its widely known) that Dave Grusin “has been a highly successful performer, producer, composer, record label executive, arranger, and bandleader.” Because Grusin has been extremely successful in so many areas, I believe Ron Wynn uses this fact to judge Grusin as “spread to thin” to be considered a first rate musician.
Part 4
I can’t imagine anyone that wouldn’t readily agree that Dave Grusin is vastly more capable a musician than is Ron Wynn a writer. Perhaps that’s the best explanation for Wynn’s opinion of Grusin’s piano playing. Jealously is a common disease among critics.
Old school great talent.
one the tracks that you don't often recall, but when you here this, you apprciate how tight this is...nice to hear - did not know he wrote theme to "St.Elsewher e " - you can hear similarites in "Mountain Dance"....ve r y under-apprec i a t e d
muzicricky
Mr. Grusin like many of other musicians is long overdue for a box set treatment of his music. He should do something similar to what Quincy Jones had done, except my idea is this, make 2 of the four dics selected tracks from the various movies &/or tv shows that he scored for, & the other 2 discs tracks from the albums that he recorded as a leader.
Dave Grusin is absolutely one of the best at what he does.
judy489
I am absolutley in love with the Theme fromOn Golden Pond.... My fav movie of all time. Grusin plays the music so well. I love him!
If you are down with Mr. Grusin, find his Direct-to-Di s c opus, "Discovered Again." It was originally released on vinyl by Sheffield and may most easily be found on CD at http://www.t o w n h a l l r e c o r d s . c o m / . ABSOLUTELY WORTH YOUR TIME ... and your bucks!
Gruisin has been a favorite of mine since he composed the theme for the television series, 'St. Elsewhere.' RUSSELL310, you are right: tight and clean without missing a beat. Dave is one of the best at this - and he has a marvelously creative mind. He also has some of the best timing among pianists I've ever heard - not to mention his exact control of volume at just the right time. Absolute 'quality', as you say!
russell310
Grusin always equalled "quality" in my book. Tight, clean recordings.
sorensens5
I saw "Three Days of the Condor" on one of my first dates when it first came out back in 1975. The music from that movie sparked a lifetime of soundtrack appreciation from this great artist! The "Condor" soundtrack and "Two for the Road" are his best standouts.
Great Pandoro, thanks for playing "Champ". Now, let's play, the love threme from "Three Days of the Condor".
whenever I pick up a CD, if it has GRP, I consider it harder. Very rarely am I dissapointed . Always quality.
"EITHER WAY" IS ONE OF THE SMOOOOTHESS SONGS EVER!!!!!
alanniswonge r
If you like Dave Grusin...giv e his album Cinimagic a listen..
Ahhh, Dave Grusin... a very tasteful talent. The grace he works into the spaces of time must make the wind happy it came along.
Dave Grusin is one of the best at what he does. I love him. Send me more of him.
Beautiful!!! ! ! ! Dave has a beautiful touch on the piano
and "Champ" is a very lovely song....

jr
so can we hear his Peter Gunn? The updated version.
Sorely missing from the selected discography here would be Grusin's incredible Gershwin Collection, featuring gems like Fascinatin' Rhythm (with Dave Weckl providing pretty fascinating rhythms) or a dual piano jam with Chick Corea on S'Wonderful.
Another good example of the very blurred line between blues and jazz. If Ray Bryant can do it, so goes Dave Grusin!

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