GRP All-Star Big Band

GRP All-Star Big Band

by GRP All-Star Big Band


When this CD was released, it was a major surprise. GRP is a label whose initial reputation was made on pop-ish jazz. However, co-founders Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen always had a love for the sound of big bands and for hard bop. For this set, they gathered together some of the most notable players on their label to play 12 jazz standards dating from the mid-'40s ("Donna Lee") up to the early '70s ("Spain"). The lineup of musicians is quite impressive, comprised of trumpeters Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, and Sal Marquez; trombonist George Bohanon (who had to be imported since GRP did not have any trombonists); a reed section of Eric Marienthal, Nelson Rangell, Bob Mintzer, Ernie Watts and Tom Scott; bassist John Patitucci; drummer Dave Weckl; and several alternating pianists (Grusin, Russell Ferrante, Kenny Kirkland, and David Benoit), plus such guests as guitarist Lee Ritenour, flutist Dave Valentine, vibraphonist Gary Burton, clarinetist Eddie Daniels, and percussionist Alex Acuna. On the strictly straight-ahead set, which has such tunes as "Blue Train," "Sister Sadie," "The Sidewinder," and "Manteca," all of the musicians are featured adequately. It is a particular revelation hearing Marienthal and Rangell sound passable in this setting. Easily recommended to hard bop and big band collectors.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/1992
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0011105967228
catalogNumber: 9672

Album Credits

Performance Credits

GRP All-Star Big Band   Primary Artist
Gary Burton   Vibes
Kenny Kirkland   Piano
Bob Mintzer   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Patitucci   Bass
Nelson Rangell   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Tom Scott   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Peter Sprague   Performing Ensemble
Dave Valentin   Flute
Sal Marquez   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alex Acuña   Percussion
David Benoit   Piano
George Bohannon   Trombone
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dave Grusin   Piano
Eddie Daniels   Clarinet
Russell Ferrante   Piano
Eric Marienthal   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Ernie Watts   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Weckl   Drums
Alex Acuña & the Unknowns   Percussion
All Star Big Band   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Vince Mendoza   Arranger
Bob Mintzer   Arranger
Tom Scott   Arranger
Peter Sprague   Orchestration
Michael Abene   Arranger,Producer
David Benoit   Arranger
Armando Anthony Corea   Arranger
Dave Grusin   Arranger,Executive Producer
Russell Ferrante   Arranger
Benny Golson   Composer
Sonny Mediana   Graphic Design
Don Murray   Engineer
Larry Rosen   Executive Producer
Zan Stewart   Liner Notes
David Gibb   Graphic Design
Dan Serrano   Graphic Design
Andy Ruggirello   Graphic Design
Emili Bogin   Assistant Graphic Design

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