Artist: Dave Grusin Title Of Album: The Very Best Of Dave Grusin Year Of Release: 2002 Label: GRP Country: US Genre: Jazz Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log) Bitrate: Lossless Time: 01:01:40 Full Size: 356 MB
01. Modaji [07:42] 02. Playera [08:47] 03. Bossa Baroque [04:22] 04. Early A.M. Attitude [05:00] 05. Punta Del Soul [05:33] 06. My Man's Gone Now [06:53] 07. Fascinating Rhythm [05:04] 08. Take The 'A' Train [03:22] 09. Caravan [06:15] 10. Baby Elephant Walk [03:57] 11. Peter Gunn [04:40]
Dave Grusin (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, mini-Moog synthesizer, percussion); Grover Washington, Jr., Branford Marsalis (soprano saxophone); Eric Marienthal, Tom Scott (saxophone); Sal Marquez, Gary Grant (trumpet); David Duke, Brian O'Connor, Rick Todd (French horn); Andrew Martin (trombone); Steve Kujala, Ronnie Lang (flute); John Lowe (bass clarinet); Tollak Ollestad (harmonica); Paul Gershman, Noel Pointer, Paul Winter, David Davis (strings); Gary Burton (vibraphone); Lee Ritenour, Russell Malone (guitar); Ron Carter (acoustic bass); Marcus Miller (bass); Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Sr., Omar Hakim, Steve Gadd, Carlos Vega (drums); Ralph MacDonald, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
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. -- Jonathan Widran ~ AllMusic.com
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