(November 30, 2018– Los Angeles, CA) – Varèse Sarabande Records announces The Dave Grusin Premiere Collection, available today. The 3-CD bundle features four Dave Grusin scores transferred from master sources uncovered in Sony Pictures vaults: …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, ABSENCE OF MALICE and MURDER BY DEATH coupled with score from THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, as a bonus. All three discs are available as a bundle for a special price before they are released for sale separately on January 4th.
The 1979 courtroom drama, …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL is best remembered for the brilliant line Al Pacino shouts out in court, “You’re out of order! You’re out order! The whole trial is out of order!” The movie went on to great critical and box office success and was nominated for two Academy Awards. The score is pure Dave Grusin – funky, jazzy and melodic. The score was transferred from master sources from the Sony Pictures vaults. The CD contains the Mono film version of the soundtrack as well as the stereo remix along with bonus score tracks not used in the film.
ABSENCE OF MALICE, the 1981 drama, stars Paul Newman, Sally Field and Melinda Dillon. Newman, Dillon and writers Kurt Luedtke and David Rasyfel were all nominated for Oscars. This movie was one of numerous collaborations between Dave Grusin and director Sydney Pollack.
The 1976 film, MURDER BY DEATH, is among the most requested of Grusin’s unreleased scores by fans. The satirical murder mystery was directed by Robert Moore and features an all-star cast of Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Sir Alec Guinness, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith and Nancy Walker. The score is a satire of murder mysteries and it rises to the task with a wonderful and melodic main title. The sources provided by Sony are in mono but sound superb. This is one of those scores you will be humming after listening to it.
As a bonus we have added the music from the 1971 Robert Mulligan film, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. The movie stars Michael Sarrazin, Barbara Hershey and E.G. Marshall. The plot is about a young college student who is sent to prison for killing a pedestrian with his car. When the opportunity presents itself, he escapes and is subsequently on the run with his girlfriend. On top of the maestro’s score, we have included the Randy Newman main/end title credit song, “Let Me Go,” which is also used in variations during key moments in the film.
ABOUT DAVE GRUSIN
Robert David Grusin 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.
Dave 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), THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (1975), THE GRADUATE (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.
Since the early 2000’s, Grusin has concentrated on composing classical and jazz compositions, touring and recording with collaborators, including guitarist Lee Ritenour. Their album Harlequin won a Grammy Award in 1985. Their classical crossover albums, Two Worlds and Amparo, were nominated for Grammys.