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An Evening with Dave Grusin by Dave Grusin

A serious sculpture of musical superiority molded from the pulse of Dave Grusin's intellect as well as crafted by exceptional precision, opens the music sheets of this new Heads Up project An Evening with Dave Grusin. One of the world's top ivory manipulators in iconic fashion unravels genius into entertainment this one sunset. An Evening with Dave Grusin is a renaissance of unique temperament, from keys to vibraphone...

Interestingly enough, this spin is the first musical effort to be concurrently released on CD, Blu-ray and iPad App. Also, it weaves a number of the heavy hitters in music today and with the tutelage of Grusin, evolves into what may be this year's best live design. It not only offers a kaleidoscope of his and other iconic figures scores such as Gershwin and Mancini, the spin unearths memories from those times when one first experienced the masters music.

An Evening with Dave Grusin seeks out your senses and takes you into each note's psyche as if it was controlling your melodic will. Never have I had a performance, live or studio, capture the essence of why entertainment should be so unique. This script of notes, tones and rhythms define the inner soul of music and the purpose of meticulous sound!

The 75-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Florida, follows direction from the brilliance of Grusin with effortlessness precision. The sound that exhumes itself from the orchestra just mystifies logic and bathes our imagination in a historically pioneering froth.

Patty Austin's rendition of Walter Donaldson's and Gus Kahn's "Makin' Whoopee," will corrupt your senses with Grusin's ivory undertow pulling you in. The interaction from the live audience clarifies it all; as Grusin teases their auditory borders to open...Ms. Austin just plays them to the stage. A performance one must not demagnetize themselves from.

I was delighted to see the injection of one of my preferred voices added to Grusin's slate as Monica Mancini escorts  "Moon River" and flows with its current... on a romantic wave. Ms. Mancini follows the arrangement and utilizes all Grusin's rules, to unmask the classics original feel...And then again there's flutiest Nestor Torres. Enough said.

During this well-designed occasion spent with this disk, Jon Secada injected a deliciously multi- expressive rendition of the West Side Story's classic "Maria" which the tempo adorned a dual mentality, as it morphed its beat several times throughout the performance. This is the textbook Grusin psyche.

To summarize my reflections on this project, one must merely have to spin it for themselves. I can only make this one modest point...A Grammy nomination at the very least, should be required to adorn this effort.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Dave Grusin
  • CD Title: An Evening with Dave Grusin
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2011
  • Record Label: Heads Up Records
  • Tracks: Fratelli Chase, On Golden Pond/Hornpipe Medley, Intro - Patti Austin, Makin' Whoopee, Porgy & Bess Medley, Cool, Somewhere, Suite from the Milagro Beanfield War, Intro - Jon Secada, Maria, I Feel Pretty, Moon River, Peter Gunn, Memphis Stomp
  • Musicians: Dave Grusin – composer/arranger/virtuoso/pianist, Patti Austin and Monica Mancini - vocals, Gary Burton - vibraphone, Sammy Figueroa – percussion. Latin: Jon Secada - vocals, Nestor Torres - flute, Arturo Sandoval - trumpet, and the University of Miami Frost School of Music Mancini Institute Orchestra
  • Rating: Four Stars
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