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Two for the Road: The Music of Henry Mancini
     

Two for the Road: The Music of Henry Mancini

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by Dave Grusin
 

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Dave Grusin's tribute to Henry Mancini starts out quite strong, with a few fine examples of Grusin's piano playing (particularly "Peter Gunn" and "Mr. Lucky"). Unfortunately, as the set progresses, the music gets more and more routine and closer to easy listening. Grusin is joined by bassist John Patitucci

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Dave Grusin's tribute to Henry Mancini starts out quite strong, with a few fine examples of Grusin's piano playing (particularly "Peter Gunn" and "Mr. Lucky"). Unfortunately, as the set progresses, the music gets more and more routine and closer to easy listening. Grusin is joined by bassist John Patitucci and drummer Harvey Mason, singer Diana Krall does fine on two lazy ballads, a horn section (including trombonist Andy Martin) is heard on two songs, and the obscure harmonica player Tollak Ollestad (sounding like Toots Thielemans) has a pair of appearances. The use of overdubbed strings on some numbers weighs down the set, and what could have been something special ends up being pleasing but predictable.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0044005986594
catalogNumber:
059865

Tracks

  1. Peter Gunn
  2. Dreamsville
  3. Mr. Lucky
  4. Moment to Moment
  5. Baby Elephant Walk
  6. Two for the Road
  7. Days of Wine and Roses
  8. Hatari
  9. Whistling Away the Dark
  10. Soldier in the Rain

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Grusin   Primary Artist,Piano
John Patitucci   Bass
Tom Scott   Saxophone
Russell Malone   Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Eric Marienthal   Saxophone
Andy Martin   Trombone
Harvey Mason   Drums
Tollak Ollestad   Harmonica
Diana Krall   Vocals
Andrew Martin   Trombone
Jerry And The Hot Band Hey   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Dave Grusin   Arranger,Liner Notes
Ray Evans   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Charles Champlin   Liner Notes
Robin Lynch   Art Direction
Hollis King   Art Direction
JoDee Stringham   Graphic Design

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Two for the Road: The Music of Henry Mancini 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For twenty-five years I have been intrigued with the originality and vitality of Dave Grusin. He is not afraid to try new approaches, and the interpretations he gives to Henry Mancini's music points that out once again. With excellent musicians to assist him (including Diana Krall on two tracks)Dave Grusin has maintained his ultra high standard that we've come to admire and expect from him. The only reason I didn't give him five stars is that I think Grusin will be remembered more for his own music, rather than interpreting someone else's.