Grusin in 2008
|Birth name||Robert David Grusin|
|Born||June 26, 1934|
Littleton, Colorado, United States
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, contemporary jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, producer, arranger, label owner|
|Associated acts||Lee Ritenour|
Robert David Grusin (born June 26, 1934) is an American composer, arranger, producer, and pianist. He has composed many scores for feature films and television, and has won numerous awards for his soundtrack and record work, including an Academy Award and ten Grammy Awards. He has had a prolific recording career as an artist, arranger, producer and executive producer. He is the co-founder of GRP Records.
A composer is a musician who is an author of music in any form, including vocal music, instrumental music, electronic music, and music which combines multiple forms. A composer may create music in any music genre, including, for example, classical music, musical theatre, blues, folk music, jazz, and popular music. Composers often express their works in a written musical score using musical notation.
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.
A pianist is an individual musician who plays the piano. Since most forms of Western music can make use of the piano, pianists have a wide repertoire and a wide variety of styles to choose from, among them traditional classical music, jazz, blues, and all sorts of popular music, including rock and roll. Most pianists can, to an extent, easily play other keyboard-related instruments such as the synthesizer, harpsichord, celesta, and the organ.
Born in Littleton, Colorado, he studied music at the University of Colorado at Boulder and was awarded his degree in 1956.Grusin's mother was a pianist and his father was a violinist from Riga, Latvia. He's half Jewish. An alumnus of the University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music, he was awarded his bachelor's degree in 1956. His teachers included Cecil Effinger and Wayne Scott, pianist, arranger and professor of jazz.
Littleton is the Home Rule Municipality in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties that is the county seat of Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The city is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city population was 41,737 at the 2010 United States Census, ranking as the 20th most populous municipality in the State of Colorado.
Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 637,827 inhabitants (2018), it is also the largest city in the three Baltic states, home to one third of Latvia's population and one tenth of the three Baltic states' combined population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava river. Riga's territory covers 307.17 km2 (118.60 sq mi) and lies 1–10 m above sea level, on a flat and sandy plain.
Cecil Effinger was an American composer, oboist, and inventor.
He produced his first single, "Subways Are for Sleeping", in 1962 and his first film score for Divorce American Style (1967). Other scores followed, including Winning (1969), The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), The Midnight Man (1974), and Three Days of the Condor (1975).
Divorce American Style is a 1967 American satirical comedy film directed by Bud Yorkin and starring Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards and Van Johnson. Norman Lear produced the film and wrote the script based on a story by Robert Kaufman. It focuses on a married couple that opts for divorce when counseling fails to help them resolve their various problems, and the problems presented to divorced people by alimony. The title is an homage to Divorce Italian Style (1961).
Winning is a 1969 American motion picture starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The film is about a racecar driver who aspires to win the Indianapolis 500. A number of racecar drivers and people associated with racing appear in the film, including Bobby Unser, Tony Hulman, Bobby Grim, Dan Gurney, Roger McCluskey, and Bruce Walkup.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a 1973 crime film directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle. The screenplay by Paul Monash was adapted from the 1970 novel of the same name by George V. Higgins.
In the late 1970s, he started GRP Records with his business partner, Larry Rosen, and began to create some of the first commercial digital recordings. He was the composer for The Graduate , On Golden Pond (1981), Tootsie (1982) and The Goonies (1985). In 1988, he won the Oscar for best original score for The Milagro Beanfield War , He also composed the musical scores for the 1984 TriStar Pictures and the 1993 Columbia Pictures Television logos.
GRP Records is a jazz record label founded by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen in 1978. GRP was known for its all-digital recordings and jazz-pop sound.
Larry Rosen was an American entrepreneur, producer, musician, and recording engineer.
The Graduate is a 1967 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham, based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams College. The film tells the story of 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate with no well-defined aim in life, who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson, and then falls in love with her daughter Elaine.
From 1998 to 1999, he was featured on the Billboard 's Top 10 Jazz Artists with the numbers going between 5 and 7.
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.
From 2000-11, Grusin concentrated on composing classical and jazz compositions, touring and recording with collaborators, including pianist and composer Lorraine Featherand guitarist Lee Ritenour. Their album Harlequin won a Grammy Award in 1985. Their classical crossover albums, Two Worlds and Amparo, were nominated for Grammys.
Lorraine Feather is an American singer, lyricist, and songwriter.
Lee Mack Ritenour is an American jazz guitarist who has been active since the late 1960s.
Harlequin is a collaborative studio album by American pianist Dave Grusin and American guitarist Lee Ritenour, released in 1985 through GRP Records. The album reached No. 2 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart, and earned a 1986 Grammy Award for Best Arrangement on an Instrumental for "Early A.M. Attitude". Harlequin also earned Grammy nominations for Best Engineered Recording, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals, and Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
Grusin has a filmography of about 100 titles. His many awards include an Oscar for best original score for The Milagro Beanfield War , as well as Oscar nominations for The Champ , The Fabulous Baker Boys , The Firm , Havana , Heaven Can Wait , and On Golden Pond .He also received a Best Original Song nomination for "It Might Be You" from the film Tootsie . Six of the fourteen cuts on the soundtrack from The Graduate are his. Other film scores he has composed include Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? , Three Days of the Condor , The Goonies , Tequila Sunrise , Hope Floats , Random Hearts , The Heart is a Lonely Hunter , Mulholland Falls and The Firm . In addition, he also composed the original opening fanfare for film studio TriStar Pictures.
Grusin composed theme music for the TV programs It Takes a Thief (1968), The Name of the Game (1968), Dan August (1970), The Sandy Duncan Show (1971–72), Maude (1972), Good Times (1974), Baretta (1975), St. Elsewhere (1982), and, for Televisa in Mexico, Tres Generaciones (1987). He also composed music for individual episodes of each of those shows. His other TV credits include The Wild Wild West (1966), The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966), and Columbo: Prescription: Murder (1968). He also did the theme song for One Life to Live (1968) from 1984–92. Grusin and Larry Rosen founded GRP Records in 1978. In 1994, GRP was in charge of MCA's jazz operations. Founders Grusin and Rosen left in 1995 and were replaced by Tommy LiPuma. In 1997, Grusin and Rosen founded N2K Encoded Music, which was renamed N-Coded Music.
He received honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music in 1988 and University of Colorado, College of Music in 1989. Grusin was initiated into the Beta Chi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at the University of Colorado in 1991.
Grusin was married to Sara Jane Tallman from 1967 to 1970. Grusin is currently married to Nan Newton. [ citation needed ]He is the father of music editor Stuart Grusin, music editor and musician Scott Grusin, and aerospace engineer Michael Grusin. He is the stepfather of artist Annie Vought and elder brother of keyboardist Don Grusin and sister Dee Grusin.
With Patti Austin
With the Brothers Johnson
With Tom Browne
With Don Grusin
With Quincy Jones
With John Klemmer
With Earl Klugh
With Jon Lucien
With Harvey Mason
With Carmen McRae
With Sergio Mendes
With Lee Ritenour
With Dave Valentin
With Sadao Watanabe
|1967||Divorce American Style||Bud Yorkin||Columbia Pictures|
|Waterhole No. 3||William A. Graham||Paramount Pictures|
|The Graduate||Mike Nichols||Embassy Pictures|
|1968||A Man Called Gannon||James Goldstone||Universal Pictures|
|Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?||Hy Averback||United Artists|
|The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter||Robert Ellis Miller||Warner Bros.|
|Candy||Christian Marquand||ABC Pictures|
|1969||Winning||James Goldstone||Universal Pictures|
|Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here||Abraham Polonsky||Universal Pictures|
|1970||Halls of Anger||Paul Bogart||United Artists|
|Adam at 6 A.M.||Robert Scheerer||Cinema Center Films|
|1971||The Pursuit of Happiness||Robert Mulligan||Columbia Pictures|
|Shoot Out||Henry Hathaway||Universal Pictures|
|A Howling in the Woods||Daniel Petrie|| NBC |
|The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight||James Goldstone||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer|
|1972||The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid||Philip Kaufman||Universal Pictures|
|Fuzz||Richard A. Colla||United Artists|
|1973||Amanda Fallon||Jack Laird||NBC|
|The Friends of Eddie Coyle||Peter Yates||Paramount Pictures|
|1974||The Nickel Ride||Robert Mulligan||20th Century Fox|
|The Midnight Man|| Roland Kibbee |
|The Yakuza||Sydney Pollack||Warner Bros.|
|1975||W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings||John G. Avildsen||20th Century Fox|
|Three Days of the Condor||Sydney Pollack||Paramount Pictures|
|1976||Murder by Death||Robert Moore||Columbia Pictures|
|The Front||Martin Ritt||Columbia Pictures|
|1977||Mr. Billion||Jonathan Kaplan||20th Century Fox|
|Fire Sale||Alan Arkin||20th Century Fox|
|The Goodbye Girl||Herbert Ross||Warner Bros.|
|Bobby Deerfield||Sydney Pollack||Columbia Pictures|
|1978||Heaven Can Wait|| Warren Beatty |
|Paramount Pictures||nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score|
|1979||The Champ||Franco Zeffirelli||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer||nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score|
|...And Justice for All.||Norman Jewison||Columbia Pictures|
|The Electric Horseman||Sydney Pollack||Columbia Pictures|
|1980||My Bodyguard||Tony Bill||20th Century Fox|
|1981||On Golden Pond||Mark Rydell||ITC Entertainment||nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score|
|Reds||Warren Beatty||Paramount Pictures|
|Absence of Malice||Sydney Pollack||Columbia Pictures|
|1982||Author! Author!||Arthur Hiller||20th Century Fox|
|Tootsie||Sydney Pollack||Columbia Pictures||nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score|
|1984||Racing with the Moon||Richard Benjamin||Paramount Pictures|
|The Little Drummer Girl||George Roy Hill||Warner Bros.|
|Falling in Love||Ulu Grosbard||Paramount Pictures|
|1985||The Goonies||Richard Donner||Warner Bros.|
|1986||Lucas||David Seltzer||20th Century Fox|
|1987||Ishtar||Elaine May||Columbia Pictures||with Bahjawa and Paul Williams|
|1988||The Milagro Beanfield War||Robert Redford||Universal Pictures||winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Score|
|Clara's Heart||Robert Mulligan||Warner Bros.|
|Tequila Sunrise||Robert Towne||Warner Bros.|
|1989||A Dry White Season||Euzhan Palcy||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer|
|The Fabulous Baker Boys||Steve Kloves||20th Century Fox||nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score|
|1990||Havana||Sydney Pollack||Universal Pictures||nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score|
|The Bonfire of the Vanities||Brian De Palma||Warner Bros.|
|1991||For the Boys||Mark Rydell||20th Century Fox|
|1993||The Firm||Sydney Pollack||Paramount Pictures||nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score|
|1995||The Cure||Peter Horton||Universal Pictures|
|1996||Mulholland Falls||Lee Tamahori||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer|
|1997||Selena||Gregory Nava||Warner Bros.|
|In the Gloaming||Christopher Reeve||HBO||Television film|
|1998||Hope Floats||Forest Whitaker||20th Century Fox|
|1999||Random Hearts||Sydney Pollack||Columbia Pictures|
|2001||Dinner with Friends||Norman Jewison||HBO||Television film|
|2006||Even Money||Mark Rydell||Yari Film Group|
|2008||Recount||Jay Roach||HBO||Television film|
Julie Bergman Sender
|2013||Skating to New York||Charles Minsky||Well Go USA Entertainment|
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The Milagro Beanfield War is a 1988 American comedy-drama film directed by Robert Redford from a screenplay written by John Nichols and David S. Ward based on Nichols' novel of the same name. The ensemble cast includes Ruben Blades, Richard Bradford, Sônia Braga, Julie Carmen, James Gammon, Melanie Griffith, John Heard, Carlos Riquelme, Daniel Stern, Chick Vennera, and Christopher Walken.
Don Grusin is an American jazz keyboardist, composer, and record producer. He is the younger brother of Dave Grusin.
David Peter Valentin was an American Latin jazz flautist.
Havana is an album by American pianist Dave Grusin released in 1990, recorded for the GRP label. This album is a soundtrack to the film Havana, directed by Sidney Pollack.
The GRP All-Star Big Band was a contemporary big band assembled in the late 1980s by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen, the founders of GRP Records. The band played new arrangements of popular jazz pieces from the 1950s and 1960s.
Earth Run is the fifteenth studio album by jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour, released in 1986 through GRP Records. The album reached number ten on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.
One of a Kind is an album by American pianist Dave Grusin released in 1977, recorded for the Polydor label. It was reissued in 1984 by GRP Records.
Migration is an album by American pianist Dave Grusin released in 1989, recorded for the GRP label. The album reached No. 1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart.
The Gershwin Connection is an album by American pianist Dave Grusin released in 1991, recorded for the GRP label. The album reached #1 on Billboard's jazz chart. The medley Bess, You Is My Woman Now/I Loves You Porgy received the 1992 Grammy Award for Best Arrangement of an Instrumental.
Now Playing is an album by American pianist Dave Grusin released in 2004, recorded for GRP Records. The album features Grusin on solo piano, performing music he composed for various films. This is the only solo piano album Grusin has recorded.
The Orchestral Album is an album by American pianist Dave Grusin released in 1994, recorded for GRP Records. It contains both original recordings and new arrangements of previously released material. The arrangement of Three Cowboy Songs won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement
Dave Grusin and the NY-LA Dream Band is an album by American pianist Dave Grusin released in 1984, recorded for the GRP label. The album was recorded live in Tokyo, Japan, at Budokan. The album reached No. 4 on Billboard's Jazz chart.
The Fabulous Baker Boys is an album by American pianist Dave Grusin released in 1989, recorded for the GRP label. This album is the soundtrack to the motion picture The Fabulous Baker Boys directed by Steve Kloves. The album reached No. 3 on Billboard's Jazz chart.