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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 731458928027
  • Catalog Number: 5002811

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Modaji (7:42)
  2. 2 Playera (8:47)
  3. 3 Bossa Baroque (4:22)
  4. 4 Early A.M. Attitude (5:00)
  5. 5 Punta del Soul (5:33)
  6. 6 My Man's Gone Now (6:53)
  7. 7 Fascinating Rhythm (5:04)
  8. 8 Take the "A" Train (3:22)
  9. 9 Caravan (6:15)
  10. 10 Baby Elephant Walk (3:57)
  11. 11 Peter Gunn (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Grusin Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Conductor, Keyboards, fairlight, fender rhodes, DX-7, Mini Moog, Oberheim Obxa
Brian Bromberg Bass
Gary Burton Vibes
Ron Carter Acoustic Bass
Omar Hakim Drums
Steve Kujala Flute, Alto Flute
John Patitucci Bass
Tom Scott Saxophone
Ronnie Lang Flute
Russell Malone Guitar
Sal Marquez Trumpet
Noel Pointer Strings
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
David Davis Strings
Richard Todd French Horn
Seymour Barab Strings
Rubens Bassini Percussion
Francisco Centeno Electric Bass
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Peter Dimitriades Strings
Lewis Eley Strings
Michael Fisher Percussion
Steve Gadd Drums
Paul Gershman Strings, Concert Master
Gary Grant Trumpet
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Max Hollander Strings
Regis Iandiorio Strings
Theodore Israel Strings
Branford Marsalis Soprano Saxophone
Eric Marienthal Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Richard Maximoff Strings
Marcus Miller Bass
Marvin Morgenstern Strings
Tollak Ollestad Harmonica
Lee Ritenour Guitar
Carlos Vega Drums
Grover Washington Jr. Soprano Saxophone
Dave Weckl Drums
Ralph Oxman Strings
Paul Winter Consort Strings
Daniel Elliott Mellophonium, Background Vocals
Andrew Martin Trombone
David Duke French Horn
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Brian O'Connor French Horn
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Dave Grusin Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Ira Gershwin Composer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Lee Ritenour Arranger, Producer
Larry Rosen Producer, Liner Notes
Suha Gur Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
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