West Side Story

West Side Story

by Dave Grusin


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of West Side Story on Broadway, Dave Grusin revived the score, giving its ten themes fresh arrangements that keep the original melodies in mind but add a stronger dose of jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms to the music. For the most rewarding recording of this music since Stan Kenton's powerful renditions of the early 1960s, Grusin utilized an all-star big band with strings. Among the key soloists are trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, Bill Evans (who takes several superlative soprano solos), Michael Brecker on tenor, baritonist Ronnie Cuber and flutist Dave Valentin (who is featured on a purposely cute rendition of "I Feel Pretty") plus the pianist/leader, who clearly loves the music. In addition, one song apiece features vocalists Jonathan Butler ("Maria"), Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada. Although one wishes that the singers were more jazz-oriented (or that the entire date were instrumental), the overall result is a very respectful yet creative reworking of the famous score. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/1997
Label: Encoded Music
UPC: 0617701002129
catalogNumber: 10021

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Grusin   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Gloria Estefan   Track Performer
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Butler   Track Performer
Ronnie Cuber   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
John Patitucci   Acoustic Bass
Jerome Richardson   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dave Valentin   Flute
George Young   Flute,Piccolo
David Taylor   Bass Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Darryl Tookes   Background Vocals
Karen Kamon   Background Vocals
John Clark   French Horn
Jon Secada   Track Performer
Bill Evans   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Carlisle   French Horn
Jill Dell'Abate   Background Vocals
Abe Appleman   Violin
Julien Barber   Viola
Diane Barere   Cello
Jeff Clayton   Clarinet,Flute,Oboe
Kevin DiSimone   Background Vocals
Mary Helen Ewing   Viola
Lawrence Feldman   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Barry Finclair   Violin
Guy Finley   Background Vocals
Greg Gisbert   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Regis Iandiorio   Violin
Jean Ingraham   Violin
Hilary James   Background Vocals
Birch Johnson   Tenor Trombone
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Carol Landon   Viola
Ann Leathers   Violin
Richard Locker   Cello,Celli
Jan Mullen   Violin
Keith O'Quinn   Tenor Trombone
Paul Peabody   Violin
John Pintavalle   Violin
Sue Pray   Viola
Jim Pugh   Tenor Trombone
Lee Ritenour   Acoustic Guitar
Roger Rosenberg   Bass Clarinet,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,E-flat Clarinet
Laura Seaton   Violin
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Byron Stripling   Trumpet
Marti Sweet   Violin
Donna Tecco   Violin
Dave Weckl   Drums
Diane Baere   Celli
Elena Baere   Concert Master
Joshua Tyler Crookham   Background Vocals
Jeff Lang   French Horn

Technical Credits

Eddie Gomez   Liner Notes
Tom Scott   Arranger
Michael Abene   Arranger
Elena Barere   Contributor
Dave Grusin   Arranger
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Rory Kaplan   Executive Producer
Don Murray   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Andy Baltimore   Art Direction
Cella   Art Direction
Bill Neighbors   Executive Producer
Eric Schilling   Engineer

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