What makes a man a legend in his own time? For Dave Grusin, the task has not been lightly taken. Grusin’s prolific career stands omnipresent amongst America’s musical repertoire as he stands included within the ranks of impressive composers who form what we come to know as The Great American Songbook. As a composer/arranger/pianist/ and serious educator, Grusin excels beyond the heights that most only dare to dream.
His Grammy-winning and well known classics of the contemporary jazz genre such as Grammy-winning Brazilian album, “Harlequin” in 1985 with long-time association guitarist, Lee Ritenour, and countless Academy/Oscar Award winning and nominated film scores such as The Milagro Beanfield War (which won the 1988 Oscar), Havana, The Firm, The Fabulous Baker Boys , Tootsie, Heaven Can Wait, The Champ, On Golden Pond, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Reds, Three Days of the Condor, Tequila Sunrise and The Goodbye Girl, plus television theme scores such as St. Elsewhere, It Takes A Thief, And Justice For All, The Bold Ones, Maude, Good Times, and Baretta, make Grusin’s career read like a who’s who.
Besides a body of impressive accomplishments, Grusin has been recently involved with music app developer ROBA in creating all that is Grusin with his latest CD, An Evening with Dave Grusin, a monumental installment experience in cutting-edge technology. Partnered with producer Larry Rosen’s ongoing JAZZ ROOTS Series, Grusin’s new CD is part of the Jazz Roots Series national educational outreach program connecting communities and school districts to the glories of musical performance (www.jazzroots.net). This triple play CD/Blue-ray Disc/IPad App offers a variety of purchase options for the discriminating listener.
Beyond education and technology, An Evening with Dave Grusin, is an outstanding performance tribute to movie and TV scores written by Grusin, Henry Mancini, Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, scores that millions of Americans from multi-generations are so familiar with. Backed by the 75-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra at the Arsht Center in Miami, Florida, Grusin’s 12-song selection, plus a supporting cast of performers on the date (Jon Secada, Patti Austin, Monica Mancini, Gary Burton, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres and Sammy Figueroa) make this Heads Up International release an instant classic.
Well-loved selections walk the listener down their own, personal memory lane. As they listen, they might recall who they took on a date to see the movie Moon River or while listening to the theme from Peter Gunn, think "Wow, I remember that! What a great detective show that was. I never missed it." “Fratelli Chase,” a spirited main theme written by Grusin for the 1985 cult film The Goonies or the soulful Grusin/Bergman hit, “It Might Be You” from the film Tootsie, might get the listener’s vote for their favorite among the 12 outstanding selections. The choice is theirs, but there is something for everybody within reach.
A massive project of musical mastery, An Evening with Dave Grusin captures some of the music Grusin is most proud of and showcases the best in musical entertainment and refinement.