A "best of" collection that includes some smooth jazz as well as music written for various TV shows (St. Elsewhere) and movie soundtracks (Tootsie, On Golden Pond). Selections on this compilation are a little dull at times, but what a supporting cast:
Grusin is more well-known for his soundtrack work and, understandably, some of his other work is heavily orchestrated and sounds like it could have been written for a soundtrack of some sort. Grusin has been recording since 1962, but this album was compiled from his work on the GRP label, 1977-87. The music here is somewhat pleasing, but quite often a bit too cinematic.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #110
Tracks: 11 tracks, 59 minutes. The better tracks include She Could Be Mine, Early A.M. Attitude, and Mountain Dance. I usually skip Playera, Serengeti Walk, and Bossa Baroque. Grusin's theme to St. Elsewhere is good, but to me, it's strange hearing it apart from the show's opening credits.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None.
Previously revisited for the blog:
Out Of The Shadows (1982)