An Evening with Dave Grusin

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
An Evening with Dave Grusin is essentially the soundtrack to the Blu-Ray DVD product, and an app for the iPad, both of which have loads more features. The composer, arranger, and pianist conducts the 75-piece Henry Mancini Orchestra in a live program of his own music -- tunes written for cinema -- as well as the works of composers Gershwin, Bernstein, and Mancini. The show was co-produced by Grusin's longstanding business associate and collaborator Larry Rosen and Phil Ramone. The personnel includes guest appearances by vocalists Patti Austin, Jon Secada, and Monica Mancini, and instrumentalists Gary Burton, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, and Sammy Figueroa. Ultimately it's...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
An Evening with Dave Grusin is essentially the soundtrack to the Blu-Ray DVD product, and an app for the iPad, both of which have loads more features. The composer, arranger, and pianist conducts the 75-piece Henry Mancini Orchestra in a live program of his own music -- tunes written for cinema -- as well as the works of composers Gershwin, Bernstein, and Mancini. The show was co-produced by Grusin's longstanding business associate and collaborator Larry Rosen and Phil Ramone. The personnel includes guest appearances by vocalists Patti Austin, Jon Secada, and Monica Mancini, and instrumentalists Gary Burton, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, and Sammy Figueroa. Ultimately it's the music that matters and Grusin is in fine form, playing piano and conducting this orchestra. A dramatic version of his "Fratelli Chase" (from the score of the film Goonies) opens the set and is quickly followed by a romantic, nostalgic version of the theme from On Golden Pond, juxtaposed quite jarringly in a medley with his "New Hampshite Hornpipe." Austin appears on "Makin' Whoopee" (which he didn't write but which appeared in The Fabulous Baker Boys, a film he scored. The program moves on with the tribute section of the evening as Grusin and orchestra perform a medley from Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, followed by a selection of Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim tunes from West Side Story. Burton's vibes appear on "Cool," and Secada and Austin duet on "Somewhere." Somewhere throws a curve here conducting and playing piano in the lengthy, near-12-minute "Suite" from the film The Milagro Beanfield War, before returning to West Side Story with "I Feel Pretty," containing a lovely flute solo by Torres. Mancini gets the final tribute with Monica singing a delightful "Moon River"; Burton returns to solo on the "Peter Gunn Theme." The entire show closes on an uptempo note with "Memphis Stomp," from the Grusin-scored film, The Firm. Fans of the artist will take great delight in the program, which stands on its own apart form the Blu-Ray and iPad app. Just over an hour in length, it is near perfectly sequenced, and filled with not only nostalgia but evidence of Grusin's musical sophistication, as well as his accessibility and lasting appeal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2011
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 888072319950
  • Catalog Number: 31995
  • Sales rank: 17,333

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fratelli Chase (3:42)
  2. 2 On Golden Pond/Hornpipe Medley (5:50)
  3. 3 Intro (1:14)
  4. 4 Makin' Whoopee (4:12)
  5. 5 Porgy & Bess Medley (5:40)
  6. 6 Cool (5:08)
  7. 7 Somewhere (4:41)
  8. 8 Suite from the Milagro Beanfield War (11:48)
  9. 9 Intro (0:28)
  10. 10 Maria (4:47)
  11. 11 I Feel Pretty (6:35)
  12. 12 Moon River (3:55)
  13. 13 Peter Gunn (5:24)
  14. 14 Memphis Stomp (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Grusin Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor
Patti Austin Vocals, Soloist
Gary Burton Vibes, Soloist
Arturo Sandoval Trumpet
Nestor Torres Flute, Soloist
Jon Secada Vocals, Soloist
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Monica Mancini Vocals, Soloist
Gregg Field Drums
Pat Seymour Saxophone
Joshua Lindsay Bassoon
David Butterfield Viola
Adam Diderich Violin
Rodrigo Gallardo Trumpet
Augie Haas Trumpet
Troy Roberts Saxophone
Matt Vashlishan Saxophone
David Hartsman Saxophone
Chad Bernstein Trombone
Josh Allen Bass
Daniel Susnjar Drums
Sam Petitti Guitar
Daniel Andai Violin
Mike Cordone Trumpet
Ashley Garritson Celli
Ryan Gibson Viola
Chen Wen Su Violin
Charlie Hardt Violin
Cassandra Rondinelli Flute
Dylan Farnsworth English Horn, Oboe
Jose Lacerda Percussion
Danielle Woolery Clarinet
John Palowitch Saxophone
Hui Hsien Hung Celli
Harrison Bryant Celli
Garrett Arrowood Trombone
Farah Zolghadr Flute
Joshua Shepherd Viola
Will Brubaker Bassoon
Whan Kamnirdratana Harp
Susan Smiddy Violin
Stan Spinola Horn
Robert Patrignani Violin
Rafael Ramirez Viola
Rachel Branzer Clarinet
Paul Deemer Trombone
Nora McDonnell Bassoon
Nicole Nutting Violin
Monica Godbee Celli
Megan Knox Clarinet
Nika Reguero Violin
Augustin Mas Bass
April Liberty Viola
Andres Vera Celli
Amy Fiorito Flute
Alex Appel Percussion
Al Nicoletti Violin
Adrian Balahura Viola
Abi Loutoo Celli
Aaron Ludwig Celli
Jessica Yeh Violin
Jenny Shea Violin
Ross DeBardelaben Violin
Magdalena Luciani Bass
Luis Ramirez Violin
Jim Drayton English Horn, Oboe
Casey Maltese Horn
Brett Watkins Violin
Christine Echezabel Celli
Cisco Dimas Trumpet
Yun Jung Jung Violin
Jeff Kipperman Bass
Elaine Li Violin
David Andai Violin
Dana Weber Horn
Cliff Sutton Percussion
Belinda Ho Violin
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Henry Mancini Arranger, Composer
Tom Scott Arranger
John Burk Executive Producer
Dave Grusin Arranger, Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Carl Griffin Producer
Gus Kahn Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Phil Ramone Producer
Larry Rosen Producer, Liner Notes
Paul Blakemore Mastering
DuBose Heyward Composer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Eric Schilling Engineer
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