Dave Grusin

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Robert David "Dave" Grusin (born June 26, 1934) is an American composer, arranger and pianist. Grusin 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 10 Grammys. He has had a prolific recording career as an artist, arranger, producer and executive producer.

Born in Littleton, Colorado, he studied music at the University of Colorado at Boulder and was awarded his bachelor's degree in 1956. He produced his first single, "Subways are for Sleeping", in 1962 and his first film score was 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 in 1975.

In the late 1970s, he formed GRP records along with his business partner, Larry Rosen, and began to create some of the first commercial digital recordings. Grusin was also at the forefront of soundtrack albums. He was the composer for Mike Nichols' Oscar-winning film, The Graduate. Later scores included 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.

From 2000 through 2011, Grusin concentrated on composing classical and jazz compositions, touring, and recording with collaborators, among others, guitarist, Lee Ritenour. Together they have recorded several projects including the Grammy-winning Brazilian album, Harlequin in 1985. In recent years, they have released two classical crossover albums that were nominated for Grammys, including the Universal Decca recordings,'"Two Worlds" and "Amparo". He is married and has four children.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Discovered Again! Dave Grusin 3
1977 One of a Kind Dave Grusin 2
1980 Mountain Dance Dave Grusin 4 3
1985 Harlequin Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour 3
1989 Collection Dave Grusin 1
1991 The Gershwin Connection Dave Grusin 1
1993 Homage to Duke Dave Grusin 2
1997 Two for the Road: The Music of Henry Mancini Dave Grusin 2
1997 Dave Grusin presents West Side Story Dave Grusin 2
2000 Two Worlds Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin 2
2004 Now Playing: Movie Themes Dave Grusin 1
2005 Full Circle Dave Grusin 1
2008 Amparo Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin 1
2010 An Evening With Dave Grusin Dave Grusin 1
Golden Fund Dave Grusin 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Cinemagic (London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductors: Dave Grusin & Harry Rabinowitz) Dave Grusin 1
1994 The Orchestral Album Dave Grusin 2
2011 Masterpieces - Best Of The GRP Years Dave Grusin 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Dave Grusin and the NY-LA Dream Band Dave Grusin 1
1985 GRP Live in session Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Diane Schuur & Dave Valentin 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Dave Grusin 2
1981 On Golden Pond Dave Grusin 3
1982 Tootsie Dave Grusin 3
1985 The Goonies: Original Motion Picture Score (score) Dave Grusin 3 4
1989 Migration Dave Grusin 4 1
1995 The Cure Dave Grusin 4 1
1996 Mulholland Falls Dave Grusin 3
1998 Hope Floats Dave Grusin 3 1
2005 The Yakuza Dave Grusin 1
2006 Lucas Dave Grusin 4 1
2007 The Last Run / Crosscurrent / The Scorpio Letters Jerry Goldsmith / Dave Grusin 1
2011 A Dry White Season Dave Grusin 1
2011 Divorce American Style / The Art of Love Dave Grusin / Cy Coleman 1
2012 The Pope of Greenwich Village Dave Grusin 1
2012 The Friends of Eddie Coyle / Three Days of the Condor Dave Grusin 1
2013 Heaven Can Wait / Racing with the Moon Dave Grusin 1
2014 Falling in Love Dave Grusin 1
2015 The Firm Dave Grusin 1
Havana Dave Grusin 1
Random Hearts Dave Grusin 1
Three Days of the Condor Dave Grusin 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Night-Lines Dave Grusin 1
1988 Sticks and Stones Dave & Don Grusin 1
2002 The Very Best Of Dave Grusin Dave Grusin 1
GRP All-Star Big Band Live! Dave Grusin 1
Out of the Shadows Dave Grusin 1

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