- Bossa Boroque
- Early A.M. Attitude
- Punta del Soul
- My Man’s Gone
- Fascinating Rhythm
- Take the A Train
- Baby Elephant Walk
- Peter Gunn
This album is a compilation of Dave Grusin’s work
over a twenty-year span from 1977 to 1999. Dave’s work as arranger,
MD and pianist with the GRP Big Band marked him out for me as someone
very special. Since then I have bought a number of his albums, two
of which Homage to Duke and Two for the Road are the albums tracks
8,9,10&11 come from.
Tracks 1&2 come from the 1977 One of a Kind album
which had Grover Washington on Soprano, and a large string section.
Both pieces are quite long and moody, but well worth listening to
carefully; track 2 has some excellent bass playing from Ron Carter.
Bossa Baroque shows off Dave’s skills on Synthesisers,
he is just as at home with these instruments as he is at the concert
grand piano, this track is from the Night-Lines CD of 1983. Rubens
Bassini, the percussionist is the only other musician on this track,
everything else is played by Dave. Early AM Attitude is a Grusin composition
from 1984 and this track also features Lee Ritenour on Guitars.
Punta del Soul another Grusin composition has Branford
Marsalis on Soprano and his style seems to fit well with that of the
leader to produce a very relaxed and swinging performance. My Man’s
Gone and Fascinatin' Rhythm come from The Gershwin Collection album
of 1991, the former has a front line of Sal Marquez (trumpet) and
Eric Marienthal (alto) whilst the latter has Garry Burton on Vibes,
both have John Patitucci on bass and Dave Weekl on drums.
Take The A Train and Caravan are from the excellent
Homage to Duke album, The A Train has an unusual instrumentation with
3 French Horns and Tuba. Caravan has Dave in excellent form with a
trio. The last two tracks are from the Two for the Road CD and they
are both excellent arrangements will played. Check out the great Marienthal
solo on Peter Gunn!
This really is a ‘best of’ album and I strongly recommend
it to those who like modern music well played by one of to-days top